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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) [Paperback]

John Holm

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17 Aug 2000 Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
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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'The style in which the book is written is generally accessible and clear … The book is generally well-produced, containing a list of abbreviations, a 15-page index, and two detailed language maps.' Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars for those interested in linguistics theory 18 July 2012
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I am a graduate student in linguistics, which might explain why I liked it so much. Great textbook for a linguistics course on the subject. If your interest in languages is more "casual" there are other more "fun" books on language, full of amusing anecdotes, directed at a more "layman" audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does new language come into being? 6 Oct 2000
By Liu Haitao - Published on Amazon.com
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Pidgins and Creoles are languages, which be born and developed in special social conditions. They are not only teach us how new language comes into being. They can also give us what elements in language are neccessary, why contact languages born from practical communication are more easily to learn and use. If you'd like to know whether really exist simpler languages than natural languages, the book will answer your questions above. This book maybe is the best textbook on creolistics.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does new language come into being? 6 Oct 2000
By Liu Haitao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Pidgins and Creoles are languages, which be born and developed in special social conditions. They are not only teach us how new language comes into being. They can also give us what elements in language are neccessary, why contact languages born from practical communication are more easily to learn and use. If you'd like to know whether really exist simpler languages than natural languages, the book will answer your questions above. This book maybe is the best textbook on creolistics.
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