Urban Bahamian Creole

Urban Bahamian Creole : System and variation

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This volume, a detailed empirical study of the creole English spoken in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, contributes to our understanding of both urban creoles and tense-aspect marking in creoles. The first part traces the development of a creole in the Bahamas via socio-demographic data and outlines its current status and functions vis-a-vis the standard in politics, the media, and education. The linguistic chapters combine typological and variationist methods to describe exhaustively a comprehensive grammatical subsystem, past temporal reference, offering a discourse-based approach to such controversial categories as the preverbal past marker. The quantitative analysis of variable past inflection, finally, tests not only well-known constraints, such as stativity or social class, but also ethnographically determined ones, such as narrative type. Its results are relevant not only to the study of Caribbean English-lexifier creoles and related varieties, such as African American English, but also to variation and change in urban dialects generally.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 20.3mm | 272.16g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115755
  • 9781588115751

Table of contents

1. Map; 2. Abbreviations; 3. List of Tables; 4. List of Figures; 5. Acknowledgements; 6. 1. Introduction; 7. 2. Methodology; 8. 3 .Sociohistory and Sociolinguistics; 9. 4. Past Temporal Reference: Categories, Meanings, and Uses; 10. 5. Past Marking by Verb Inflection; 11. 6. Conclusion; 12. Appendix; 13. References; 14. Index
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