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Title Surviving the Middle Passage : The West Africa-Surinam Sprachbund / edited by Pieter C. Muysken, Norval Smith
Published Berlin/Boston : De Gruyter Mouton, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource(x,532 pages) : illustrations
Series Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] ; 275
Contents Frontmatter -- Acknowledgements -- Contents -- Introduction: Creole Studies and Contact Linguistics / Berg, Margot van den ; Muysken, Pieter ; Smith, Norval -- The early history of Surinam: Why is Surinam different? / Smith, Norval -- Migrations, ethno-dynamics and geolinguistics in the Eastern Aja-Tado cultural Area / Aboh, Enoch ; Smith, Norval -- Ingredient X: The shared African lexical element in the Englishlexifier Atlantic Creoles, and the theory of rapid creolization / Smith, Norval -- Relexification, and other language contact scenarios for explaining substrate effects / Muysken, Pieter -- Trans-Atlantic patterns: the relexification of locative constructions in Sranan / Yakpo, Kofi ; Bruyn, Adrienne -- Verb Semantics and Argument Structure in the Gbe and Sranan / Essegbey, James -- Morphology, cross-linguistic effects, and Creole formation / Berg, Margot van den -- Non-iconic reduplications in Eastern Gbe and Surinam / Aboh, Enoch ; Smith, Norval -- Substrate phonology, superstrate phonology and adstrate phonology in creole languages / Smith, Norval -- The left periphery in the Surinamese creoles and Gbe: on the modularity of substrate transfer / Aboh, Enoch -- Relexification and clause-embedding predicates / Veenstra, Tonjes -- Conclusion: Feature distribution in the West Africa-Surinam Trans-Atlantic Sprachbund / Muysken, Pieter -- Bibliography of work resulting from the Trans-Atlantic Sprachbund project / Smith, Norval -- A preliminary list of probable Kikongo lexical items in the Surinam Creole languages / Smith, Norval -- A preliminary list of probable Gbe lexical items in the Surinam Creole languages / Smith, Norval -- References -- Indices
Summary The relation between the Surinam Creoles and the languages of West Africa, where slaves who created the creoles originated, has been hotly debated. This book argues that the close relationship can be viewed in terms of a Trans Atlantic Sprachbund. It brings in new historical and linguistic evidence for an extremely close relationship between the creoles, the Gbe languages, and Kikongo, where bilingual practices led to new language forms
Notes Pieter Muysken, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Norval Smith, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
In English
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed February 28, 2015)
Subject Bantu languages -- Grammar, Comparative -- Gbe
Gbe languages -- Grammar, Comparative -- Bantu
Languages in contact -- Suriname.
Languages in contact -- Africa, West.
Form Electronic book
Author Muysken, Pieter C., editor
Smith, Norval, editor
ISBN 3110343975