Development of a creole lexicon

Date:
2009
Part Of Series:
Creole Language Library Vol 34
Extent:
pp. 173-188
Abstract:
This paper explores the contribution of lexical research, with particular regard to Ndyuka of Suriname, to evaluation of Arends’ gradualist hypothesis of creolization. The number and semantic nature of 195 Ndyuka lexical items from different relevant African groups of languages are compared. The results are evaluated in light of our knowledge, thanks largely to Arends’ work, of when speakers of each group were numerically most dominant among slaves in Suriname. The results show continued growth of the African-derived part of the Ndyuka lexicon over several generations. Although this lexical inventory does not comprise a structural phenomenon to the same degree as creole syntactic and phonological systems, this conclusion provides indirect support for the gradualist hypothesis.
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This article has been published in a book that is under copyright, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form. The publication can be found online at http://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/cll.34.14hut/details
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Suriname
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Subject:
Suriname
lexicon
Kwa
Gur
diachrony
creoles
Bantu
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Relation Text:
Rachel Selbach, Hugo C. Cardoso, Margot van den Berg, eds., Gradual creolization: Studies celebrating Jacques Arends; Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Entry Number:
52095
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