Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles by John A. Holm
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Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles
By John A. Holm

An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

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Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles by John A. Holm

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This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long misunderstood as 'bad' versions of European languages, today such varieties as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are recognized as distinct languages in their own right. John Holm examines the structure of these pidgins and creoles, the social history of their speakers, and the theories put forward to explain how their vocabularies, sound systems and grammars evolved. His new findings on structural typology, including non-Atlantic creoles, permit a wide-ranging assessment of the nature of restructured languages worldwide. This much-needed book will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, sociolinguistics, western European languages, anthropology and sociology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521585811
ISBN-10: 0521585813
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author John A. Holm

Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles by John A. Holm Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles, Hardback (August 2000)

A clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being.

Pidgins and Creoles: Volume 2, Reference Survey by John A. Holm Pidgins and Creoles: Volume 2, Reference Survey, Paperback (May 1989)

An overview of the socio-historical development of some one hundred different pidgins and creoles.

Pidgins and Creoles: Volume 1, Theory and Structure by John A. Holm Pidgins and Creoles: Volume 1, Theory and Structure, Paperback (May 1988)

A comparative study of creoles based on European languages in Africa and the Caribbean.

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