By Marlyse Baptista, Jacqueline Guéron
This quantity bargains an intensive exam of the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and discourse houses of noun words in a large choice of creole (and non-creole) languages together with Cape Verdean Creole, Santome, Papiamentu, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Mindanao Chabacano, Réunionnais Creole, Lesser Antillean, Haitian Creole, Mauritian Creole, Seychellois, Sranan, Jamaican Creole, Berbice Dutch Creole and African American English. Comparative reviews additionally think of the determiner structures of center and glossy French, eu Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Ewe, Fon and Gun. This compilation of sixteen chapters brings jointly descriptive, theoretical, diachronic and synchronic stories that target the constitution and interpretation of naked nouns in creoles. The contributions show the diversity and complicated nature of determiner structures in creoles and their frequent use of naked nouns compared to their resource languages. This quantity is proof of the relevance of creole languages to theories of language production, language switch and linguistic idea in general.
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What sets this paper apart from a number of other contributions in this volume is that it stipulates two levels of interpretation for BNPs: sentence grammar, characterized by the interaction of syntax and semantics, and discourse, an extra-grammatical level where ‘information packaging’ takes place (Lambrecht 1994 and Vallduví 1993). BNPs can be found in all syntactic positions and appear to be underspecified for definiteness and number, since they lack overt grammatical and lexical markers identifying such features.
Noun Phrases in Creole Languages: A multi-faceted approach (Creole Language Library) by Marlyse Baptista, Jacqueline Guéron