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Languages in contact Socio-spatial diversity: Language varieties Vernacular, Standard, Lingua Franca, Pidgin, Creole
Vernacular Three defining characteristics: Lack of codification and elaboration A language learned at home Functionally restricted
Standard A Standard can be defined as the variety that has undergone some linguistic processing so that there is a set of widely accepted rules for it (eg for spelling) and that it can serve both official and everyday functions of a state
Formal Standard A formal standard applies to the written language and to spoken situations that are the most formal. Its rules are set by ‘authorities’ (language academies, editors, dictionaries, etc)
Informal Standard Applies to spoken language in everyday use. It is determined by speakers who make judgments as to whether a form is acceptable or not. It is characterized by multiple norms of acceptability, and defined by the absence of socially stigmatized forms.
How does a standard emerge? Sometimes a standard variety develops out of a local vernacular that has attained political, socioeconomic or cultural superiority over other vernaculars (English, French, Spanish) Sometimes a standard is created artificially with some political or social objective in mind (Katharevusa in Greece, Nynorsk in Norway) Countries with a colonial past may use the variety of the previous hegemony as a standard, alongside a standardized local code
How good is a standard? Linguistically, standards are not any better than vernaculars, which is proven by the fact that any vernacular can become a standard Socially, standards have more prestige, but that is an artificial not a natural differentiation Standards do have a positive impact as they enhance cross-regional communication, promote literacy etc. When the prestige of a standard, however, is influenced by racial, religious or class biases the results can be catastrophic
Lingua Franca Any variety that serves as the tool of communication for people who speak varieties which are not mutually intelligible
Examples of lingua francas Swahili in many African nations like Tanzania and Zaire Russian in the former USSR English in several tourist destinations, and in the scientific community Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea
Bilingualism Individual bilingualism two native languages in the mind Fishman: “ a psycholinguistic phenomenon” Societal bilingualism A society in which two languages are used but where relatively few individuals are bilingual Fishman: “a sociolinguistic phenomenon” Stable bilingualism persistent bilingualism in a society over several generations Language evolution: Language shift Diglossia
BENEFITS OF BILINGUALISM (California Department of Education, Language Policy and Leadership Office) Enhanced academic and linguistic competence in two languages Development of skills in collaboration & cooperation Appreciation of other cultures and languages Cognitive advantages Increased job opportunities Expanded travel experiences Lower high school drop out rates Higher interest in attending colleges and universities
Diglossia Ferguson’s definition (1959): the side-by-side existence of historically & structurally related language varieties the Low variety takes over the outdated High variety Fishman’s reformulation (1967): a diglossic situation can occur anywhere where two language varieties (even unrelated ones) are used in functionally distinct ways the Low variety loses ground to the superposed High variety problematic as it creates an opposite situation to widespread bilingualism Fishman’s reformulation + diglossia - diglossia + bilingualism Everyone in a community knows both H and L, which are functionally differentiated An unstable, transitional situation in which everyone in a community knows both H and L, but are shifting to H - bilingualism Speakers of H rule over speakers of L A completely egalitarian speech community, where there is no language variation
Diglossic situation: functions of H vs. L Ferguson, Charles. 1972. Diglossia. In: Pier Paolo Giglioli (ed.). Language and Social Context. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 232-251. In: Ralph Fasold. 1985. The Sociolinguistics of Society. Oxford: Blackwell, 35.
LANGUAGES IN INDONESIA: 300 languages and dialects are spoken in Indonesia, but Bahasa Indonesia is the official and most widely spoken tongue. Its common use has helped unify the 200 million citizens since Indonesia’s independence in 1949. Bahasa Indonesia is based on Malay, long the market language of coastal towns, and it contains elements of Chinese, Indian, Dutch, and English. Today, television programs, major newspapers, schools, and universities all use Bahasa Indonesia. Do you speak English? Bisa bicara Bahasa Inggris? Example of L moving towards H & becoming national language:
Language choice code switching changing from one language to an other situational switching metaphorical switching code-mixing speaking in one language but using pieces from another style shifting standard English vs. afro-american vernacular language borrowing
Example of code-switching in the Amazon Tariana is spoken by about 100 people in the northwest Amazonia (Brazil). Other languages in the area is e.g. Tucano (almost a lingua franca), Baniwa and Arawak (the two latter related to Tariana). The area is known for its language group exogamy and institutionlized multilingualism. Language choice is motivated by power relationship and by status, and there are strict rules for code- switching. Code-mixing with Tucano is considered a “language violation”; using elements of Baniwa is funny while mixing different Tariana dialects implies that one “cannot speak Tariana properly. Overusing Portuguese is associated with an Indian who is trying to be better than his peers. Aikhenvald (2003) Language in Society 32:1-21
Sociolinguistic classification Ferguson (1966) distinguished between five language types based on prestige (p) and vitality (v): Vernacular unstandardized native language of speech community (-p, +v) Standard native language of a speech community codified in dictionaries and grammars (+p, +v) Classical language codified in dictionaries and grammars which is no longer spoken (+p, -v) Pidgin hybrid language with lexicon from one language and grammar from another language (-p, -v) Creole language acquired by children of speakers of pidgin, or subsequently by speaker or Creole (-p, ±v)
Outcomes of Language Contact Language Death: no native speakers Language Shift: One language replaces another Language Maintenance: A relatively stable bi-/ multilingual society Pidgin: a rudimentary system of communication Creole: creation of a new language based on pidgins or languages in contact Lingua Franca Global Languages
Endangered Languages Prediction: half of the approximately 6,000 languages may become extinct within 100 years. 90 Alaskan indigenous 2 being acquired by children. 90 Australia Aboriginal 20 being used by all age groups. 175 Native American 20 being acquired by children.
PIDGINS PIDGIN arises in a (new) contact situation involving more than two linguistic groupsarises in a (new) contact situation involving more than two linguistic groups groups have no shared languagegroups have no shared language groups need to communicate regularly, but for limited purposes, such as tradegroups need to communicate regularly, but for limited purposes, such as trade is nobody's native languageis nobody's native language vocabulary (typically) from one of the Langua-ges (= Lexifier Language)vocabulary (typically) from one of the Langua-ges (= Lexifier Language) grammar is a kind of crosslanguage compromi-se with influence from universals of L2 learninggrammar is a kind of crosslanguage compromi-se with influence from universals of L2 learning no elaborate morphological structuresno elaborate morphological structures
Lifecycles of Pidgins Jargon Phase: contains great individual variation Stable Pidgin: contains both simple and complex sentences Expanded Pidgin: complex grammar, and has a developed word formation component
Features of a Stable Pidgin Lack of surface grammatical complexity Lack of morphological complexity Semantic transparency Vocabulary reduction
CREOLES Creole arises in a (new) contact situation involving more than two linguistic groupsarises in a (new) contact situation involving more than two linguistic groups is the native language of a speech communityis the native language of a speech community vocabulary (typically) from one of the Languages (= Lexifier Language)vocabulary (typically) from one of the Languages (= Lexifier Language) grammar is a kind of crosslanguage compromise with influence from universals of L2 learninggrammar is a kind of crosslanguage compromise with influence from universals of L2 learning some creoles are nativized pidginssome creoles are nativized pidgins
1. The Slave Trade The forcible exile of over 12 million Africans to work the plantations of European colonists.
Profile of a Slave Ship Name of ship:Zong Left Sãn Tomé6 September 1781 Slaves on board440 White crew17 Arrived in Jamaica27 November 1781 Slaves deceased60 Crew deceased7 Slaves sick on arrival, likely to diegreater than 60 Price per slave in Jamaica 20-40 pounds from The Memoirs of Granville-Sharp (text p. 284)
Two Locations Fort Creole: developed at fortified posts along the west African coast, where European forces held slaves until the arrival of the next ship. Guinea Coast Creole English Plantation Creole: developed on plantations in the New World colonies under the dominance of different European languages. Jamaican CreoleJamaica English Negerhollands Virgin IslandsDutch Haitian Creole HaitiFrench PapiamentoNetherlands AntillesSpanish AngolarSãno ToméPortuguese
2.Trade Naga Pidgin Contemporary pidgin spoken by peoples in mountain regions of north-east India. Acts as lingua franca (29 languages) Originated as a market language in Assam in the 19th century among the Naga people Undergoing creolization among small groups like the Kacharis in the town of Dimapur, and among the children of interethnic marriages.
3.European settlement movement of European settlers to places where the indigenous population had not been decimated or moved into reservations a slave population did not form the labor force Fanakalo spoken in parts of South Africa vocabulary from Zulu, and some from English & Afrikaans) stable pidgin, shows no signs of creolizing
4.War Korean Bamboo English American wars in Asia (Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand) marginal, unstable pidgin
5.Labor Migration within colonized countries, people from different ethnic groups may be drawn into a common work sphere without being forced Tok Pisin in Papua New Guinea (Pacific Islands)
An example of English Based Pidgins Hawaiian Pidgin English
The Foundations… Hawaiian Pidgins were necessitated by the contact between American merchants returning from China. At Hawaiian ports, some Chinese crew members stayed behind. The Hawaiian natives and the Chinese sailors couldn’t understand one another, thus the creation of a trade language was necessary. The new language was a mixture of both, and aided in the communication between two linguistically divided people. The language created has morphed into the unique Hawaiian Pidgin that it is today. The Hawaiian Pidgin English is English based, but consists of 7 diverse languages.
Hawaiian Pidgin English (see http://www.une.edu.au/langnet/hce.htm) Today’s Usage… Hawaiian Pidgins are spoken by many people who live in Hawaii, but mostly by teenagers. Most people raised in Hawaii, regardless of race or social class can understand this Pidgin to an extent. With words from other languages making up the Pidgin, some believe it sounds like improper English. 'OL KING KAM 'Ol King Kam He one funny 'ol man One funny 'ol man he waz He like fo kau kau At his bruddah's luau An kanikapila awl night Wit his kuz
Romance Based Pidgin Lingua Franca … A trade language used around the Mediterranean The only remnants of the language are found in the nursery rhymes of children in Jerusalem. used as a counting-out rhyme Characteristics: Have had a limited vocabulary Have a sharply circumscribed grammar Lack verb tenses and case endings
Motu Based Pidgin The Foundations… Hiri Motu is a language of Papua New Guinea. Piginization of Motu: Influenced by English, Tok Pisin, and Polynesian languages. 90% lexical similarity with Motu Word order tends to be OSV while most pidgins are SVO
Motu Based Pidgin: Example of Hiri Motu Text: “Sapos yu kaikai planti pinat, bai yu kamap strong olsem phantom. Fantom, yu pren tru bilong mi. Inap yu ken helpim mi nau? Fantom, em i go we?” Translation: “If you eat plenty of peanuts, you will come up strong like the phantom. Phantom, you are a true friend of mine. Are you able to help me now? Where did he go? ” (famous comic strip in Papua New Guinea)
What’s the difference? Pidgins Is NOT a mother tongue Form of communication between two mutually unintelligible languages Creoles IS a mother tongue Larger vocabulary Greater linguistic range, capable of being spoken quicker Crucial Difference: Pidgins have no native speakers, while Creoles do!!!
PIDGINS & CREOLES are all alike and characterized by: a lack of morphology ? a lack of morphology ? a lack of 'exotic' sounds ? a lack of 'exotic' sounds ? a lack of complex C-cluster ? a lack of complex C-cluster ? SVO word order ? SVO word order ? in Creoles only: particles indicating tense, mood, and aspect (TMA) ? in Creoles only: particles indicating tense, mood, and aspect (TMA) ?
PIDGINS & CREOLES placement of the negative element(s) Papiamentu: mi no ta bini 'I nega. future come' / 'I'm not coming'Papiamentu: mi no ta bini 'I nega. future come' / 'I'm not coming' Fr.Guiana Creole: mo pa te travaille 'I neg. tense work' / 'I hadn't worked'Fr.Guiana Creole: mo pa te travaille 'I neg. tense work' / 'I hadn't worked' Berbice Dutch Creole: ek suk mu lasan eni ka 'I want go leave 3pl neg.' / 'I didn't want to leave them'Berbice Dutch Creole: ek suk mu lasan eni ka 'I want go leave 3pl neg.' / 'I didn't want to leave them' Chinook Jargon: halo nika kumtux 'neg. I understand' / 'I don't understand'Chinook Jargon: halo nika kumtux 'neg. I understand' / 'I don't understand' Pidgin Delaware: Matta ne kamuta 'neg. I steal' / 'I didn't steal it'Pidgin Delaware: Matta ne kamuta 'neg. I steal' / 'I didn't steal it'
Papiamentu What? A creole based on Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch, with influences from West African and Amerindian languages Where? The ABC islands of the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) Who? 329K total speakers, 20K who speak it as a second language
Language Characteristics: Lexicon About 60% of the lexicon comes from Spanish and Portuguese (noted as Ib.) Ex: ‘No lubida!’ ‘Mi ta sinti bo falta’ About 25% comes from Dutch (noted as Du.) Ex: ‘(Masha) danki,’ ‘Hende (Hòmber/Muhe)’ The remaining 15% comes from West African languages, Arawakan languages, and others Often in creoles, the superstratum language supplies the lexicon, where the substratum supplies the structure (and such lexical items as toponyms)
Language Characteristics: Phonology Some examples: Emphatic nasalization of vowels before [ŋ] Lack of word-final voiced obstruents Use of tone to distinguish “identical” words Allowance of CC coda clusters, complex onset clusters Phonemic inventory similar to that of a typical Romance language, with obvious Germanic influences Ex: [n (with allophones ŋ ñ) h x e ə è o ò y ø]
Language Characteristics: Grammar Language Bioprogramme Hypothesis General creole characteristics: No case system (accusative case as a catch-all) ‘mi’ (from Sp. ‘mi’ or Port. ‘mim’), ‘bo’ (from Port ‘vos’): ‘mi ta invitá bo’ (“I am inviting you”) Lack of verb conjugation Mi bai, bo bai, e bai, nos bai, boso bai, nan bai Tense, aspect, and mode specified with separate words, rather than coded into words Mi ta skirbi, Mi ta skirbiendo, Mi a skirbi, Mi tabata skirbiendo, Mi lo skirbi Word order generally Subject-Verb-Object
History: A Brief Overview Earliest inhabitants of the islands were the Caiquetio Indians who had come over from northern coast of present-day Venezuela and spoke a language of the Arawak family 1499: Spaniards discover the islands, dub them las islas inútiles 1527: Spain colonizes the islands Indians either die from exposure to new diseases, are hunted down for cannibalism under decree from the church, or are shipped to Hispaniola as workers However, Indians die too quickly to be effective workers, giving rise to the need for African slaves
History: A Brief Overview Because of the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494), the Spanish could not explore in Africa, so they had to get slaves through the Portuguese intermediaries The islands functioned as a way-station when ships would stop, but were generally left sparsely populated (except for the notable population of Portuguese-speaking Sephardic Jews) and scantily defended After the founding of the West Indies Company (1621), the Dutch were dedicated to establishing themselves militarily and commercially in the New World. They landed on Curaçao in 1634, and the other two islands within two years, ending Spanish domination there.
History: A Brief Overview With the Dutch as such a long-lasting influence over the islands (all are still possessions of the Netherlands), one might expect Papiamentu to have developed into a Dutch-based creole, rather than Iberian with a certain amount of Dutch influence. However, the Dutch were never interested in the linguistic aspect of domination and slavery, and Spanish remained a lingua franca of the area. Also, the Catholic church took pains to reach out to the local population in their own language, Papiamentu, helping to solidify it in the state they found it: predominantly Iberian-based.
History: A Dispute There continues to be a good deal of argument as to whether Papiamentu is a Spanish-based creole with some Portuguese influence or a Portuguese-based creole relexified by Spanish. This argument calls into question when Papiamentu was formed. If it is a Portuguese creole, it would have had to have been formed by the African slaves still in Africa or in transit to the New World. Papiamentu does show similarites to Cape Verdean Creole, lending support to this hypothesis. During the entirety of the slave trade, Cape Verde saw approximately 100,000 slaves pass through its ports.
History: A Dispute If it is a Spanish creole, it would have had to have been formed on the islands themselves through direct contact with the Spaniards, of which there was little, since they were frequently absentee landlords. However, there was constant contact with Spanish missionaries and Spanish-speaking settlements on the northern coast of South America.
Current Status of Papiamentu As it now stands, Papiamentu is in no danger of extinction. It is used in all domains, public and private. It is taught in primary schools, but Spanish, a more prestigious language, and Dutch, the official language, are used for later education. Although Papiamentu does not have a social stigma attached to it, most people on the islands are multilingual for commercial purposes. It is used in TV (including news broadcasting), radio, newspapers, and books, having a long literary tradition. Orthography in use is a point of contention between Aruba and the other two islands, as Aruba uses a more etymological orthography, whereas Curaçao and Bonaire use one more phonemic.
Melanesian Pidgin Tok PisinPapua New Guinea BislamaVanuatu PijinSolomon Islands
Tok Pisin Superstrate language: English Substrate language: Austronesian and Papuan languages
Creolisation In urban centers, the children of mixed couples learn Tok Pisin as their first language. Thus, Tok Pisin is changing from an ‘extended pidgin’ to a creole language.
Tok Pisin Vocabulary The bulk of the vocabulary comes from English (i.e. the superstrate language). In addition, Tok Pisin includes words from various Austronesian and Papuan languages (e.g. Tolai, Malay). Finally, Tok Pisin includes some words of German origin (e.g. gumi, beten, raus)
Tok Pisin – Word Formation mausgras=moustache gras=gras/hair/fur gras bilong hed=hair ‘grass belong head’ gras belong fes =beard ‘grass belong face gras antap long ai =eyebrow ‘grass on top of long eye’
Tok Pisin - Vocabulary spak (‘spark’)=drunk nogut (‘no good’)=bad baimbai (‘by and by’)=soon sekan (‘shake hands’)=to make peace kilim (‘kill him’)=to kill /hit /beat pisin (‘pigeon’)=bird / pidgin gras (‘grass’)=gras /hair /fur
Tok Pisin - Vocabulary Tolai lapunold kumulbird of paradise palailizard Malay binatanginsect lombochilli sayorvegetable leaf
Tok Pisin - Vocabulary German gumirubber betenpray rausget out broschest
Plural marker (2)SGPL yu yu-pela bik hausbik-pela haus (1)nil nil‘spines’ needle (3)SGPL manol man -pela‘fellow’ ol‘all’
Pronouns yuyouSG yutupelayou twoDUAL yutripelayou threeTRIAL yupelayou allPL emhe / she / itSUBJ him / her / itOBJ
Causative/transitive marker (1)Em i rit‘He is reading.’ Em i ritim buk‘He’s reading a book.’ make him >makim boil him>tellim (2)Wara i boil pinis‘The water has boiled.’ Meri i boilim wara pinis‘The woman has boiled the water.’ (3)Bai mi rait.‘I’ll write.’ Bai i raitim pas.‘I’ll write a letter.’
Word Order (1)mikukimrais. Icookrice ‘I cooked the rice.’
Complex Sentences (1)Mi no save. Ol I wokim dispela haus. I don’t know (that) they work in this house. (2)Mi no save olsem ol i wokim dispela haus. ‘I didn’t know that they built this house.’
African American English The origin of AAE 1.Pidgin/creole 2.Second language of a particular variety of English spoken in the South.
The African Substratum Hypothesis Since the first slaves spoke a variety of African languages and since they had only little contact with their white masters, they used a simplified version of English with elements of their native language as a lingua france. AAE developed from this early pidgin/creole language.
African American English Until the beginning of the 20th century, 90% of all African American lived in the South, mainly in rural areas.
African American English Today, more than 60% of all African Americans live in the non- South, mainly in urban centers.
LSA resolution The variety known as "Ebonics," "African American Vernacular English" (AAVE), and "Vernacular Black English" and by other names is systematic and rule- governed like all natural speech varieties. In fact, all human linguistic systems--spoken, signed, and written -- are fundamentally regular. … Characterizations of Ebonics as "slang," "mutant," "lazy," "defective," "ungrammatical," or "broken English" are incorrect and demeaning.
LSA resolution As affirmed in the LSA Statement of Language Rights (June l996), there are individual and group benefits to maintaining vernacular speech varieties and there are scientific and human advantages to linguistic diversity. For those living in the United States there are also benefits in acquiring Standard English and resources should be made available to all who aspire the mastery of Standard English. The Oakland School Board's commitment to helping students master Standard English is commendable.
Agreement - AAE (1)He need to get a book from the shelf. She want us to pass the papers to the front.
Genitive - AAE (1)The dog tail was wagging. The man hat was old.
Copula deletion - AAE (1)That my Ø bike. The coffee Ø cold. He Ø all right.
Habitual ‚be‘ - AAE (1)Do they be playing all day? Yeah, the boys do be messin’ around a lot. I see her when I be on my way to school. The coffee be cold. (2)a.The coffee cold. b.The coffee be cold. (3)*The coffee be cold right now.
Perfective ‚done‘ - AAE (1)She done did it. They done used all the good ones. They done go.
Negative inversion - AAE (1)Can’t nobody beat’em. (2)Don’t nobody say nothin’ to dem peoples! (3)Wasn’t nobody in there but em an’ him. (4)Ain’t no white cop gonna put his hands on me.
Double negation - AAE (2)I didn’t have no lunch. He don’t never go nowhere.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES Lexical items are easy to trace: one main lexifier language, with small sets of words from one or more other languages. Saramaccan:~ 50% English= LL ~35% Portuguese ~15% Kikongo/Ewe/Fon/TwiSaramaccan:~ 50% English= LL ~35% Portuguese ~15% Kikongo/Ewe/Fon/Twi Chinook Jargon: Lower Chinook language= LL Nootka Salishan languages French EnglishChinook Jargon: Lower Chinook language= LL Nootka Salishan languages French English
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES All the controversy centers on the route(s) through which the languages' grammars emerged.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES MONOGENESIS HYPOTHESIS In its strong form, this hypothesis states that all pidgins and Creoles are descen-dants of the original lingua franca of the Mediterranean, albeit with relexification - lexical replacement - for all pidgins and Creoles that do not have Italian lexicon, i.e. almost all known modern pidgins and Creoles.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES ABRUPT CREATION a pidgin arising in a new multilingual contact situation for use in limited domainsa pidgin arising in a new multilingual contact situation for use in limited domains a creole arising in a new multilingual contact situation for use in all domains.a creole arising in a new multilingual contact situation for use in all domains.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES Bickerton's Language Bioprogram Hypothesis plantation Creoles:plantation Creoles: adults use a "macaronic" prepidginadults use a "macaronic" prepidgin their children, growing up with only the unstable prepidgin as input for their langua-ge-learning task, construct a grammar de- rived from grammatical structures that are literally genetically programmed in every newborn human infant's brain.their children, growing up with only the unstable prepidgin as input for their langua-ge-learning task, construct a grammar de- rived from grammatical structures that are literally genetically programmed in every newborn human infant's brain.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES Lefebvre's Relexification Hypothesis 'creoles are created by adults who develop a new lexicon by combining the phonetic shapes of one language with the semantic and syntactic information of another lang. = 'the central process in creolization''creoles are created by adults who develop a new lexicon by combining the phonetic shapes of one language with the semantic and syntactic information of another lang. = 'the central process in creolization' compare syntactic structures of Haitian Creole, a French-lexicon Caribbean creole, with syntactic structures of Fon, that was spoken by a significant proportion of the slaves during the Creole's formative period.compare syntactic structures of Haitian Creole, a French-lexicon Caribbean creole, with syntactic structures of Fon, that was spoken by a significant proportion of the slaves during the Creole's formative period.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES Pidgin genesis and Creole genesis are akin to L2 acquisition and thus to processes of shift-induced interference The resulting pidgin or creole grammar, is a crosslanguage compromise among the languages of the pidgin/creole creators. The idea is that people's 'right' guesses about what the others will understand become part of the emerging contact language. The structures they settle on will be those best understood by all the other people – primarily unmarked structures, but also marked structures that are common in most or all of the languages in contact.
PIDGIN/CREOLE GENESIS THEORIES Chaudenson's gradual creole-genesis hypothesis: slaves worked & lived with French speakers and therefore learned French imperfectly.slaves worked & lived with French speakers and therefore learned French imperfectly. newly arrived slaves no longer had much contact with their French- speaking masters; they therefore learned French from the first group of slaves.newly arrived slaves no longer had much contact with their French- speaking masters; they therefore learned French from the first group of slaves. Subsequent waves of slaves learned increasingly divergent varieties of French, until at last the general language of the slaves was a creoleSubsequent waves of slaves learned increasingly divergent varieties of French, until at last the general language of the slaves was a creole
How does a pidgin language develop grammatical expressions? What drives the process of creolisation?
The Bioprogram Hypothesis The human species comes equipped… with the capacity to reconstitute language itself - should the normal generation-to-generation transmission of input data be inserted or distorted by extralinguistic forces. (Muysken & Bickerton 1988)
Grammaticalization SourceTarget: AUX go (motion)gonna will (intention)will have (possession)have
Grammaticalization SourceTarget: P during (verb)during in front of (PP)in front of a-gone (PRE-verb)ago
Grammaticalization SourceTarget: CONJ by cause (PP)because DEM while SUB whilegiven
Grammaticalization SourceTarget: PRO/ART some body (NP)somebody one (numeral)the one one (numeral)a
Grammaticalization Grammaticalization is cross-linguistically so pervasive that some linguists suggested that all grammatical expressions are eventually derived from a lexical source.
Grammaticalization Grammaticalization is of central signifiance for the theory of language: Challenges rigid division between lexicon and grammar. Challenges the assumption that grammatical categories have clear-cut boundaries. Suggests that grammar is dynamic and emergent.