A compelling argument for why creoles are their own unique entity, which have developed independently of other processes of language development and change.
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John H. McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Having written 19 books on both language and race issues, he is also a prolific voice on a number of political and social issues, with regular articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and The New York Times.
Introduction; 1. The creole exceptionalism hypothesis; 2. Is creolization just language mixture?; 3. Is creolization just second-language acquisition?; 4. What about complexity?; 5. Newer challenges; 6. Envoi.
'This eloquent and well-researched book on creole languages is the final nail to the coffin of the ideologists who claim that there is nothing special about the grammars of these languages. Chapeau!' Peter Bakker, Aarhus University, Denmark
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