A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole

A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole

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Saramaccan has been central to various debates regarding the origin and nature of creole languages. Being the most removed of all English-based creoles from European language structure in terms of phonology, morphology and syntax, it has been seen as one of the most extreme instantiations of the creolization process. This is the first full-length description of Saramaccan. The grammar documents, in particular, a valence-sensitive system of indicating movement and direction via serial verb constructions, hitherto overlooked amidst the generalized phenomenon of serialization itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 257 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 16mm | 598g
  • de Gruyter Mouton
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • 3110276437
  • 9783110276435
  • 3,022,466

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"This is undoubtedly an very useful and easy to read grammar that provides researchers with a wealth of information on the language of the Saamaka people."Bettina Migge in: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 34.1 (2019), 162-165
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Review quote

"This is undoubtedly an very useful and easy to read grammar that provides researchers with a wealth of information on the language of the Saamaka people."
Bettina Migge in: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 34.1 (2019), 162-165
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About John H. McWhorter

John H. McWhorter, Columbia University, New York, USA; Jeff Good, University at Buffalo, New York, USA.
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