An introduction to pidgins and creoles / John Holm. p. cm. – (Cambridge textbooks in linguistics). Includes bibliographical references (p.) and index. ISBN 0 : An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) (): John Holm: Books. SIL Electronic Book Reviews An introduction to pidgins and creoles. By John Holm. Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics. Cambridge and New York.

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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

It is hardly controversial to observe that the Atlantic creoles arose among speakers of partially similar African languages learning partially similar European languages under partially similar social conditions. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Great book with in depth study into the “evolution” of langauges. TraskRobert Lawrence Trask No preview available – References to this book Dialectology J.

Scholars have tended to work on particular language varieties in relative isolation, making comparative research into the genesis, development, and structure of creoles difficult. While most creole lexical terms come from the superstrate language, they are often derived from archaic and dialect or regional forms.

See what’s been added to the collection in the current 1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks months years. Other editions – View all Pidgins and Creoles: The remaining chapters are more technical, but even here Holm glosses technical terms as he goes, making it easier for non-specialists.

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Nubi Creole Arabic and Tok Pisin form a kind of “outgroup”, with Atlantic creoles pidgns typological group of languages sui generis “. Volume 1, Theory and Structure. Selected pages Title Page.


The development of theory 3. National Library of Australia. New search User lists Site feedback Ask a librarian Help. Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card.

This first volume of Holm’s major survey of pidgine and creoles provides an up-to-date and readable introduction to a field of study that has become established only in the past few decades.

An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles is obviously intended to be a textbook for linguistics students, but the bulk of it is general enough to be of wider appeal. Chapter four covers lexicosemantics, looking at the kinds of words retained and the kinds of changes they undergo. Further information on the Library’s opening hours is available at: YY hbk Main Reading Room.

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Collection delivery service resumes on Wednesday 2 January Volume 1, Theory and Structure John A. We will contact you if necessary. Machine derived contents note: Holm writes clearly and explains all technical terms, and his introduction assumes little. Substrate influence shows itself in some direct borrowing or retention, but more widely in patterns introductioh morphological and semantic changes to superstrate lexical items.

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Ho,m core is a comparative study of jonh based on European languages in Africa and the Caribbean that demonstrates the striking similarities among the languages in terms of creoless lexical semantics, phonology, and syntax. Browse titles authors subjects uniform titles series callnumbers dewey numbers starting from optional. ChambersPeter Trudgill Limited preview – He switches to a more thematic presentation for the modern debates.


Chapter two outlines some of the hol, debates over the nature of pidgins, creoles, and the processes such cgeoles nativization and stabilisation that change them. These sounds are related in a number of African languages List of tables Preface Abbreviations and symbols Maps 1. Chapter six is a comparison, across the seven creoles described in chapter three, of various syntactical features: And one controversial idea is monogenesis, that all creoles or all Atlantic creoles derive from a single source, a Portuguese-based pidgin.

Holm begins historically, tracing the early history of European pidgins and creoles touching on Lingua Franca and maritime jargon and the work of Van Name and Schuchardt in the second half of the nineteenth century. A pidgin is a reduced language resulting from contact between groups with no common language, while a creole is a pidgin or jargon that has become the native language of an entire speech community, often as a result of slavery or other population displacements.

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