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After sketching the historical background to the emergence of Berbice Dutch (BD) in the Dutch-owned Berbice colony, I consider the composition of the BD lexicon, showing that this creole language received input from three linguistic sources, one European (Dutch, mainly Southwestern...
This article shows how the psycholinguistic process of language transfer accounts for the many features of the grammatical morphology of language contact varieties that differ from those of their lexifiers. These include different grammatical categories, the use of contrasting...
The last decade has seen increasing attention paid to questions of grammatical complexity, in particular regarding the extent to which some languages can be said to be more ‘complex’ than others, whether globally or with respect to particular subsystems. Creoles have featured prominently...
This paper investigates the fact that quirky case is rare in creole languages. It is more common in languages in general than the literature, focusing on its manifestations in a few Germanic languages, suggests. It is found even in analytic languages, as well, and therefore, analyticity...
Creoles have been argued to be morphologically poor based on the fact that they almost always express morphosyntactic properties analytically as opposed to their lexifiers. In recent years, morphological theory has witnessed a shift in analyzing some periphrastic constructions as part of...
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