Diversity rather than unity is taken to be the central theme, and for the first time in an introduction to pidgins and creoles, the Atlantic creoles receive the attention they deserve. Pidgins are not treated as necessarily an intermediate step on the way to creoles, but as linguistic entities in their own right with their own characteristics. In addition to pidgins, mixed languages are treated in a separate chapter.
Research on pidgin and creole languages during the past decade has yielded an abundance of uncovered material and new insights. This introduction, written jointly by the creolists of the University of Amsterdam, could not have been written without recourse to this new material.
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
Number of pages: 412
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 mm
Philip Baker, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 59:2 (1996).
"The work is, without doubt, the definitive intoduction to pidgin and creole languages and linguistics. As a textbook, it would be ideal for an introductory or advanced undergraduate course in pidgin and creole languages. -- Dudley K. Nylander, Studies in Language 23.1