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Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in the Twenty-First Century


Glenn Gilbert

Creolistics, an important branch of language contact theory and sociolinguistics, is one of the most socially engaged areas of language study today. Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in the Twenty-First Century explores where the field is headed in the new century, in the judgment of eleven leading scholars. At the same time, the authors look backward toward the migrations starting five hundred years ago of Old World people to the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere, and the strange turns the European colonial languages underwent here. Their analyses underscore our belief that language change can only be understood in its social context, even though those changes often took place under horrifying conditions that were illegal even under the laws of the time.
Contents: Glenn Gilbert: What’s Ahead in Pidgin and Creole Linguistics – Jeff Siegel: Applied Creolistics in the 21st Century – Jacques Arends: The Historical Study of Creoles and the Future of Creole Studies – Peter Bakker: Some Future Challenges for Pidgin and Creole Studies – Michael Aceto: Going Back to the Beginning: Describing the (Nearly) Undocumented Anglophone Creoles of the Caribbean – Armin Schwegler: Creolistics in Latin America: Past, Present, and Future – John Holm: The Study of Semi-Creoles in the 21st Century – Anand Syea: Future Developments in Creole Languages: Moving away from Analyticity – Ingo Plag: On the Role of Grammaticalization in Creolization – Claire Lefebvre: The Field of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics at the Turn of the Millennium: The Problem of the Genesis and Development of PCs – Donald Winford: Creoles in the Context of Contact Linguistics – Mikael Parkvall: Cutting off the Branch.