Languages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars by John HolmLanguages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars by John Holm

Languages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of Vernaculars

byJohn Holm

Paperback | July 10, 2008

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Accounting for the structural differences between "non-creole" language varieties (such as African-American English, Afrikaans and Brazilian Vernacular Portuguese) and the European source languages out of which they grew, John Holm argues that these differences resulted from "partial restructuring". Whereas some of the source languages' morphological and syntactic features were retained, a significant number of features from the non-native speakers' languages were also introduced. Holm identifies the linguistic processes leading to partial restructuring, bringing into focus an aspect of contact-induced language change which has previously not been analyzed.
Title:Languages in Contact: The Partial Restructuring of VernacularsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:July 10, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521068371

ISBN - 13:9780521068376

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Table of Contents

1. Language contact and partial restructuring; 2. Social factors in partial restructuring; 3. The verb phrase; 4. The noun phrase; 5. The structure of clauses; 6. Conclusions.

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"Holm's book-length study fills a gap. The linguistic phenomenon he discusses was first observed at least 125 years ago, when Schuchardt described certain Indo-Portuguese varieties as Halbkreolisch. It has proven a slippery concept. The existence of semi-creoles has been at various times asserted, doubted, defnded and denied. Collectively, they have never been scrutinized with the kind of attention that Holms brings to them. His work will almost certainly be recognized as definitive." - J.K. Chambers, University of Toronto