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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

Title: An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

Author: John Holm
Format: Paperback
List Price: $41.99
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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles

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"This book is well written, clear, and accessible to students with a minimum of linguistics background, and in all it covers well what it sets out to discuss." Studies in Second Language Acquisition "Holm has worked on these languages for the best part of three decades, and this is apparent in the width and scope of his research." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

Product Description:
This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long misunderstood as "bad" versions of European languages, today such varieties as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are recognized as distinct languages in their own right.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 17, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0521585813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

How does new language come into being?, October 6, 2000

Reviewer: Liu Haitao (China)

Pidgins and Creoles are languages, which be born and developed in special social conditions. They are not only teach us how new language comes into being. They can also give us what elements in language are neccessary, why contact languages born from practical communication are more easily to learn and use. If you'd like to know whether really exist simpler languages than natural languages, the book will answer your questions above. This book maybe is the best textbook on creolistics.

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