LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 001 Pidgin and Creole Languages: A Historical, Structural and Cognitive Pidgin and Creole Languages Overview
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course provides a thorough introduction to the study of pidgin and creole languages. The first part presents an overview of the history of creolistics from Schuchardt’s (1885) challenges to the Stammbaum to the most recent debates on the so-called typological features of creole languages. The second part will focus on the diverse socio-historical contexts of creole genesis and how distinct histories result in distinct structural outcomes. The third part will investigate the diversity of the morpho-syntactic properties of creole languages, focusing on the particularly elusive domain of tense, mood and aspect markers. The fourth part will examine some of the cognitive processes at work in creole formation and language creation; we will show how the study of creoles informs and is informed by both processes of first and second language acquisition. Finally, we will examine the current status of creole languages and their struggles to gain footing in the educational realm of the societies where they are spoken.

LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
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001 (SEM)
P
30821
Open
6
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with 792.002
002 (SEM)
P
38621
Open
15
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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