This state-of-the-art volume features fourteen contributions by internationally renowned scholars covering three areas of contact linguistics: (1) Creolistics, beginning with an essay on the rise of the meaning and use of the word
criollo, followed by studies of linguistic features of African American English, bozal Spanish, and Afrikaans; (2) German language varieties spoken in different periods and regions of the United States; and (3) theoretical issues central to analyzing language contact phenomena. Fittingly, social factors figure prominently in these analyses of language structure, providing a comprehensive view of the issues and topics to which Glenn G. Gilbert has dedicated his professional life.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XX, 334 pp.
Contents: Peter A. Roberts: The odyssey of criollo – John R. Rickford: The Anglicist / creolist quest for the roots
of AAVE: Historical overview and new evidence from the copula – Geneviève Escure: Black / white contacts and the maintenance
of identity in Minneapolis African American English: An examination of habitual aspect – Armin Schwegler: Bozal Spanish: Captivating
new evidence from a contemporary source (Afro-Cuban «Palo Monte») – Hans den Besten: The origins of the Afrikaans pre-nominal
possessive system(s) – Mark L. Louden: Patterns of language maintenance in German American speech islands – William D. Keel:
Plattdüütsch and Plautdietsch in western Missouri and Kansas: The resilience of Low German networks on the Great
Plains – Joseph C. Salmons/Felecia A. Lucht: Standard German in Texas – Janet M. Fuller: Borrowing trouble: Convergence in
Pennsylvania German – Michael Clyne: Some exploratory comments relating sociolinguistic typology to language shift – Donald
Winford: Revisiting relexification in creole formation – John H. McWhorter: Revisiting the creole prototype: Signs of antiquity
in older languages – Hirokuni Masuda: Microsyntax and macrodiscourse: «Da mistery» in Hawai’i Creole – Michael Aceto: Wrestling
with dichotomies in creole studies: Towards a more complete view of language emergence.