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The emergence of hybrid grammars : language contact and change

Author: Enoch Oladé Aboh
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Series: Cambridge approaches to language contact.
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"Children are extremely gifted in acquiring their native languages, but languages nevertheless change over time. Why does this paradox exist? In this study of creole languages, Enoch Aboh addresses this question, arguing that language acquisition requires contact between different linguistic sub-systems that feed into the hybrid grammars that learners develop. There is no qualitative difference between a child  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Enoch Oladé Aboh
ISBN: 9780521769983 0521769981
OCLC Number: 899073275
Description: xviii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Salikoko S. Mufwene --
1. Introduction --
2. The agents of creole formation: geopolitics and cultural aspects of the Slave Coast --
3. The emergence of creoles: a review of some current hypotheses --
4. Competition and selection --
5. The role of vulnerable interfaces in language change: the case of the D-system --
6. The emergence of the clause left periphery --
7. The emergence of serial verb constructions --
8. Conclusions: some final remarks on hybrid grammars, the creole prototype, and language acquisition and change.
Series Title: Cambridge approaches to language contact.
Responsibility: Enoch Oladé Aboh.
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This account of language acquisition in a multilingual context explains how hybrid grammars develop and can result in language change.  Read more...

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