Westminster Creolistics Series

Changing Meanings, Changing Functions

Grammaticalization in contact languages

Edited by Philip Baker and Anand Syea, iv + 293 pages, 2 maps, index.ISBN 1 85919 047 2. £17-50p. July 1996. (Westminster Creolistics Series - 2)

"...deserves a place on the bookshelves of everyone interested in creolization, grammaticalization, or contact-induced language change. It offers new insights and many fascinating problems concerning both the nature of grammaticalization and the grammaticalization-related mechanisms of creolization. The volume is remarkable also in two other respects, namely its low price and the wonderful front and back illustrations. This book can indeed be judged by its cover."
Ingo Plag, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Studies 14:207.

"...a very useful reference work and source for comparative data (...) it leads its readers to develop new and broader views on the fascinating phenomenon of grammaticalization; (iii) this volume is a significant contribution to the study of this process and its implications."
Marlyse Baptista, Carrier Pidgin 26:22.

"Both the importance of its topic and the high quality of the articles make this collection recommendanble for creolists, historical linguists and variationists… Baker & Syea deserves a place on the bookshelves of everyone interested in creolization, grammaticalization or contact-induced language change. It offers new insights on many fascinating problems concerning both the nature of grammaticalization and the grammaticalization-related mechanisms of creolization. The volume is remarkable also is two other aspects, namely its low price and the wonderful front and back illustrations. This book can indeed be judged by its cover."
Ingo Plag, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages.

CONTENTS

  • What Creolistics could contribute to grammaticization - Salikoko Mufwene.
  • On identifying instances of grammaticalization in Creole languages - Adrienne Bruyn.
  • Convergent change: some recent thinking - Theodora Bynon.
  • The grammaticalization of aspect markers in Ghanaian Pidgin English - Magnus Huber.
  • Past temporal reference in Nigerian Pidgin English - Shana Poplack & Sali Tagliamonte.
  • Grammaticalized verbs in Saramaccan - Tonjes Veenstra.
  • Focus-marking we in Saramaccan: grammaticalization or substrate? - Norval Smith.
  • Clause reduction in asyndetic coordination in Isle de France Creole: the "serial verbs" problem - Chris Corne, Deirdre Coleman & Simon Curnow.
  • Why serial verbs constructions in Isle de France Creole can have subjects - Derek Bickerton.
  • The development of a marker of definiteness in Mauritian Creole - Anand Syea.
  • How Dutch is Negerhollands so? - Cefas van Rossem.
  • Grammaticalization and word order in the history of Berbice Dutch Creole - Silvia Kouwenberg.
  • Reflexivity in Kriyol: a case of half-hearted grammaticalization - Alain Kihm.
  • The evolution of functional Pidgin English and the fellows in between - Philip Baker.
  • A fellow's adventures in South Australia - Peter Mühlhäusler.
  • Minimality condition effects in Krio - Dudley K Nylander.