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Pidgins and Creoles beyond Africa-Europe Encounters

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Isa Buchstaller, Emeritus Professor Anders Holmberg, Mohammad Almoaily


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Most of what we know about pidgin and creole languages is the result of research into contact languages that developed as a consequence of European expansion into Africa and the Caribbean. The narrow focus on European lexifier and West African substrate languages has resulted in insufficient investigation of other contact varieties. Even more perniciously, lesser known and often under-described contact languages have not been taken into consideration when formulating supposedly general tendencies about the linguistic properties of contact languages. This volume aims to give a platform to research on the history, genesis and typology of a number of non-European language-based contact languages. A more encompassing and diverse data-base will contribute to more accurate and comprehensive inventories of the typological features of contact languages.

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Editor(s): Buchstaller I, Holmberg A, Almoaily M

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Creole Language Library

Year: 2014

Volume: 47

Number of Pages: 178

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Place Published: Amsterdam, The Netherlands