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Author Mufwene, Salikoko S.

Title The ecology of language evolution / Salikoko S. Mufwene
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 255 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge approaches to language contact
Cambridge approaches to language contact.
Contents Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Founder Principle in the development of creoles; 3 The development of American Englishes: factoring contact in and the social bias out; 4 The legitimate and illegitimate offspring of English; 5 What research on development of creoles can contribute to genetic linguistics; 6 Language contact, evolution, and death: how ecology rolls the dice; 7 Past and recent population movements in Africa: their impact on its linguistic landscape; 8 Conclusions: the big picture; Notes
Summary This major new work explores the development of creoles and other new languages, focusing on the conceptual and methodological issues they raise for genetic linguistics. Drawing on major theories of language formation, macroecology and population genetics, Mufwene proposes a common approach to the development of creoles and other new languages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-245) and indexes
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Subject Creole dialects -- History.
Historical linguistics.
Languages in contact.
Social ecology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00052925
ISBN 0511019343 (electronic bk.)
0511612869 (electronic bk.)
0521791383 (hbk.)
9780511019340 (electronic bk.)
9780511612862 (electronic bk.)
9780521791380 (hbk.)