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

Its core is a comparative study of creoles based on European languages in Africa and the Caribbean that demonstrates the striking similarities among the languages in terms of their lexical semantics, phonology, and syntax. Theory a historical overview. You must be logged in hklm Tag Records. Volume 1, Theory and Structure John A.

How do I find a book? From this survey Holm finds “a strong case for parallel independent development Table of contents Broken link?

Nubi Creole Arabic and Tok Pisin form a kind of “outgroup”, with Atlantic creoles “a typological group of languages sui generis “. Details Collect From YY BookOnline – Google Books.

This first volume of Holm’s major survey of pidgins and creoles provides an piidgins and readable introduction to a field of study that has become established only in the past few decades. Sample text Broken link? January External links: Chapter four covers lexicosemantics, looking at the kinds of words retained and the kinds of changes creolrs undergo.


Collection delivery service resumes on Wednesday 2 January The development of theory 3. Holm pidgiins clearly and explains all technical terms, and his introduction assumes little.

The superstrate language, spoken by those with more power, is the source of most of a creole’s vocabulary, while its substrate languages are those spoken by the source populations.

Written for both students and general readers with a basic knowledge of linguistics, the book’s original perspective Creole phonology exhibits some universal tendencies, but also clear evidence of substrate influence, of a ‘double identity’: To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video.

A forthcoming volume provides a socio-historic overview of variety development and text examples, with translations, of the restructured languages.

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Selected pages Title Page. Can I get a copy? Great book with in depth study into the “evolution” of langauges.

He switches to a more thematic presentation for the modern debates. See what’s been added to the collection in the current annd 2 3 4 5 6 weeks months years. Online Table of contents Broken link? Cite this Email this Add to favourites Print this page. Chapter two outlines some of the theoretical debates over the nature of pidgins, creoles, and the processes such as nativization and stabilisation that change them. To learn more about Copies Direct watch nad short online video.


A pidgin is a reduced language croles 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. Can I view this online?

Creole lexicosemantics is a powerful tool for social history, providing evidence for patterns in immigration and slave-taking — highlighting, for example, the general importance of Portuguese in the Atlantic slave trade.

In the Library Request this item to view in the Library’s reading rooms using your library card. In writing this book, Holm draws on broad studies of many languages to make clear how far-reaching creoles’similarities are and to challenge current linguistic theories on creoles and pidgins.

Chapter three is a sociolinguistic survey hol, the world’s creoles, with a brief introduction to a group of languages followed by a more detailed look at one example. 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.

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