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Complex processes in new languages

Author: Enoch Oladé Aboh; Norval Smith
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2009.
Series: Creole language library, v. 35.
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In recent years, there has been a new interest in evaluating 'complex' structures in languages. The implications of such studies are varied, e.g., the distinction between supposedly more complex and less complex languages, how complexity relates to human knowledge of language, and the role of the reduction or increase of complexity in language change and creolization. This book focuses on the latter issue, but the  Read more...
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Complex processes in new languages.
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2009
(DLC) 2009036623
(OCoLC)435802244
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Enoch Oladé Aboh; Norval Smith
ISBN: 9789027288776 9027288771 1282485008 9781282485006
OCLC Number: 593294428
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 409 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Simplicity, simplification, complexity and complexification: where have the interfaces gone? / Enoch O. Aboh and Norval Smith --
Part I. Morphophonology. Initial vowel agglutination in the Gulf of Guinea creoles / Tjerk Hagemeijer --
Simplification of a complex part of grammar or not? What happened to KiKoongo nouns in Saramaccan? / Norval Smith --
Reducing phonological complexity and grammatical opaqueness: Old Tibetan as a lingua franca and the development of the modern Tibetan varieties / Bettina Zeisler --
Part II. Verbal morphology. Verb allomorphy and the syntax of phases / Tonjes Veenstra --
The invisible hand in creole genesis: reanalysis in the formation of Berbice Dutch / Silvia Kouwenberg --
Complexification or regularization of paradigms: the case of prepositional verbs in Solomon Islands Pijin / Christine Jourdan --
Part III. Nominals. The Mauritian Creole determiner system: a historical overview / Diana Guillemin --
Demonstratives in Afrikaans and Cape Dutch Pidgin: a first attempt / Hans den Besten --
Part IV. The selection of features in complex morphology. Contact, complexification and change in Mindanao Chabacano structure / Anthony P. Grant --
Morphosyntactic finiteness as increased complexity in a mixed negation system / Peter Slomanson --
Contact language formation in evolutionary terms / Umberto Ansaldo --
Part V. Evaluating simplification and complexification. Economy, innovation and degrees of complexity in creole formation / Marlyse Baptista --
Competition and selection: that's all! / Enoch O. Aboh --
Complexity and the age of languages / Umberto Ansaldo and Sebastian Nordhoff --
Part VI. Postscript. Restructuring, hybridization, and complexity in language evolution / Salikoko S. Mufwene.
Series Title: Creole language library, v. 35.
Responsibility: edited by Enoch O. Aboh, Norval Smith.

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In recent years, there has been a new interest in evaluating 'complex' structures in languages. The implications of such studies are varied, e.g., the distinction between supposedly more complex and less complex languages, how complexity relates to human knowledge of language, and the role of the reduction or increase of complexity in language change and creolization. This book focuses on the latter issue, but the conclusions presented here hold of typological 'complexity' in general. The chapters in this book show that the notion of complexity as conceived of in linguistics mainly centres on.

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