French and Italian | PIDGIN AND CREOLE LINGUISTICS
F675 | 28503 | Rottet, Kevin James


This course will cover various aspects of the contact languages
known as pidgins and creoles, which are found in many parts of the
world (the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, Asia, the Pacific islands,
South America). Topics will include: an overview of the history of
the field; how the terms pidgin and creole are defined and used;
competing theories of origin (monogenesis, polygenesis, bioprogram,
substrate, mutual linguistic accommodation); the sociohistorical
setting of creolization; the stages of development and the
linguistic and extralinguistic factors that influence it. Issues
related to language planning in pidgins and creoles will be
discussed, including topics such as the elaboration of spelling
systems and vocabulary expansion. We will have a close look at key
structures in pidgins and creoles (e.g. TMA markers, serial verbs,
bimorphemic interrogatives, predicate clefting, ideophones) and at
the origins and development of such structures. This course is
colisted with L636. Students enrolled in F675 will focus
particularly on French-lexified pidgins or creoles, though data from
English- and Portuguese-lexified creoles (among others) will also be
examined in readings and class discussion. Joint-offered with LING
L636.