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Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language

Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole

Authors: Jennings, William, Pfänder, Stefan

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  • Takes an dual approach to French Guianese Creole to formulate a theory of how the language arose
  • Contributes to the debate on creole origins and serves as a template for investigations of other creoles
  • Combines social history and linguistic analysis to examine creole origins
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About this book

This book takes a fresh approach to analysing how new languages are created, combining in-depth colonial history and empirical, usage-based linguistics. Focusing on a rarely studied language, the authors employ this dual methodology to reconstruct how multilingual individuals drew on their perception of Romance and West African languages to form French Guianese Creole. In doing so, they facilitate the application of a usage-based approach to language while simultaneously contributing significantly to the debate on creole origins. This innovative volume is sure to appeal to students and scholars of language history, creolisation and languages in contact.
Chapter 3 is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

About the authors

William Jennings is Senior Lecturer in French language, linguistics and culture at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. His research interests lie primarily within French colonial and encounter history, with a particular focus on the emergence of creole languages and societies.

Stefan Pfänder is Full Professor of Romance linguistics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitäts Freiburg, Germany. His teaching focuses on French, Spanish, Italian and Creole, while his research centres around the emergence of grammatical constructions in interaction, and usage-based models of language variation and change.

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“This ground-breaking book blends original sociohistorical research with detailed linguistic analysis to illuminate the development of a previously little known contact language: French Guianese Creole. The authors make a valuable contribution to the field of contact linguistics by clearly demonstrating what linguistic resources were available in the contact environment and how speakers used these to create a new language combining both inherited and innovated features.” (Jeff Siegel, Professor of Linguistics, University of New England, Australia)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Dual Approach

    Jennings, William (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • History: The Creation of French Guianese Creole

    Jennings, William (et al.)

    Pages 7-81

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  • Linguistics: Inheritance and Innovation in French Guianese Creole

    Jennings, William (et al.)

    Pages 83-176

  • Conclusion

    Jennings, William (et al.)

    Pages 177-179

Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61952-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-61951-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • Due: 25. Januar 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87197-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inheritance and Innovation in a Colonial Language
Book Subtitle
Towards a Usage-Based Account of French Guianese Creole
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61952-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61952-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61951-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87197-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 240
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