Relabeling in Language Genesis

Paperback | November 17, 2014

byClaire Lefebvre

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Relabeling is a process that assigns a lexical entry of language-x a new label derived from a phonetic string drawn from language-y. This process plays a central role in the formation of contact languages such as mixed languages, pidgins and creoles, and New Englishes. In this book, ClaireLefebrve offers a coherent picture of research on relabeling over the last 15 years, and replies to the questions that have been directed at the relabeling-based theory of creole genesis presented in Lefebvre (1998) and related work. It addresses such questions as: how does relabeling apply acrosslanguage contact situations and across lexicons, and what constraints act upon it? What other processes apply in language genesis and how do they interact with relabeling? Can a relabeling-based theory of creole genesis really account for all of the features that a theory of creole genesis must beable to account for? Since relabeling applies to the lexical component of the grammar, different theories of the lexicon should make different predictions as to the nature of the lexical items to which the process can apply. Lefebvre discusses the predictions of a Construction Grammar framework and how they compare tothose of the Principles and Parameters framework, and how each framework accounts for data. She analyzes how word order is established within a relabeling-based account of creole genesis, and the role that relabeling plays in accounting for the differences between creoles. Other topics discussedinclude the contribution of the superstrate language to a creole within a relabeling-based account of creole genesis, and the predictions of relabeling in terms of the typological classification of creoles. Lefebvre ultimately demonstrates how the relabeling-based theory of creole genesisconstitutes a strong alternative to the Bioprogram Hypothesis.

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Relabeling is a process that assigns a lexical entry of language-x a new label derived from a phonetic string drawn from language-y. This process plays a central role in the formation of contact languages such as mixed languages, pidgins and creoles, and New Englishes. In this book, ClaireLefebrve offers a coherent picture of research ...

Claire Lefebvre is Professor of Linguistics at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. She has worked for more than thirty years on the problem of creole genesis in all areas of the grammar.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Relabeling: A Central Process in Language Contact/Genesis3. A Relabeling-Based Theory of Creole Genesis4. Renee Lambert-Bretiere and Claire Lefebvre: Relabeling in Two Different Theories of the Lexicon5. Claire Lefebvre and Renee Lambert-Bretiere: Relabeling and Word Order: A Construction Grammar Perspective6. Relabeling options: On Some Differences between Haitian and Saramaccan7. Relabeling and the Contribution of the Superstrate Languages to Creoles8. Relabeling and the Typological Classification of Creoles9. Conclusion: A Strong Alternative to the Bioprogram HypothesisReferencesIndex of SubjectsIndex of Authors