A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole

A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole

by John McWhorter, Jeff Good


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110276435
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] Series , #56
Pages: 257
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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