LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 003 Introduction to Pidgin and Creole Languages
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 210 or 211.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides a thorough introduction to the study of pidgin and creole languages. First, we will overview the socio-historical context of their development and critically evaluate the various theories of creole genesis including the role of first and second language acquisition in their formation. Then, we will explore the cognitive processes at work in creole formation and the resulting linguistic properties present in the lexical and grammatical domains. The status of creoles, their use in Education and the implications for language planning are also examined. The case studies we will explore include but are not limited to Jamaican, Haitian, Cape Verdean, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Papiamentu, St Kitts Creole, Barbadian, Negerhollands, Bahamian, Belizean, Palenquero, Berbice-Dutch, Sranan, Saramaccan, Guyanese and Lesser Antillean.


  • Final paper 40% (10-15 page-research paper)
  • Midterm paper 30% (5-10 page-research paper)
  • Abstract 20%
  • Class participation and attendance 10%

Main textbook Pidgins and Creoles: An Introduction by Jacques Arends, Pieter Muysken and Norval Smith (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Creole Language Library 15. 1994.

The textbook will be complemented by an extensive bibliography of primary and seminal readings in the field of pidgin and creole languages.

LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
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003 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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