By Viveka Velupillai

ISBN-10: 9027211981

ISBN-13: 9789027211989

This transparent and obtainable creation to linguistic typology covers all linguistic domain names from phonology and morphology over parts-of-speech, the NP and the vice president, to basic and complicated clauses, pragmatics and language swap. there's additionally a dialogue on methodological concerns in typology. This textbook is the 1st advent that constantly applies the findings of the World Atlas of Language Structures, systematically comprises pidgin and creole languages and devotes a bit to signal languages in each one bankruptcy. All chapters comprise a number of illustrative examples and particular function maps. key terms and routines support assessment the most themes of every bankruptcy. Appendices offer macro info for all of the languages mentioned within the booklet in addition to an inventory of sites of typological curiosity. an intensive word list provides at-a-glance definitions of the phrases utilized in the e-book. This creation is designed for college students of classes with a spotlight on language variety and typology, in addition to typologically-oriented classes in morphology and syntax. The booklet also will function a advisor for box linguists.

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Not only goods were traded, but also people, which led to large-scale (forced or voluntary) migrations. Slaves or indentured labourers speaking different languages were brought to or sought jobs in plantations and in homes (to, for example, serve as domestic labour) and had to quickly be able to communicate. e. the language that people aimed to learn, was the language of the colonizers. 9 There are no straightforward and uncontroversial definitions for ‘pidgin’, ‘creole’ and ‘mixed language’. I stress once again that the sketch provided in this section is by necessity highly simplified.

The main point is that a creole is a full-fledged language that can fulfil any and all functions that a human language needs to fulfil. This is in contrast to a pidgin, which tends to be restricted in use to only the situation where it is specifically needed. There are essentially two main ways that pidgins and creoles tend to be classified, by lexifier and by region. Grouping pidgins and creoles together by lexifier would yield such categories as, for example, English-lexified12 contact languages, Portuguese-lexified 10.

Languages may also be classified according to social factors, such as the age, gender, or level of education of the speakers, or the formality of the situation the language is used in, and so on. We must always remember that language is used in communication between individuals. Thus the social context and a number of social factors such as the image of the speaker and the situation of the language use play a role in how language is employed. And language is not monolithic. The same language will be used differently by the same user in different contexts.

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