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The Ecology of Language Evolution in Latin America: A Haitian Postscript toward a Postcolonial Sequel

Michel Degraff

in Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226126173
eISBN:
9780226125671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226125671.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Latin American Studies

How can studies of language change in Iberian America help us better understand related phenomena in the Caribbean, and vice-versa? I raise some fundamental issues about language contact and its ... More


The rise and fall of serial verbs

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Serial Verbs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198791263
eISBN:
9780191833700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791263.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

We have identified three scenarios for the emergence of serial verb constructions: clause fusion scenario, whereby serial verbs emerge out of sequences of clauses; the verbal modification scenario, ... More


Creolizations in the Caribbean and the Americas

in Introduction to a Poetics of Diversity: Édouard Glissant

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789620979
eISBN:
9781800341418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620979.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Explores the position of the Caribbean in relation to the Americas. There are three kinds of community in both: the indigenous inhabitants (Meso-America); the European migrants (Euro-America); and ... More


Mixing up Languages in the ‘Tout-monde’

Celia Britton

in Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781781380369
eISBN:
9781781387214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380369.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Glissant's essays of the 1990s are dominated by the concept of the ‘Tout-monde’: the world envisaged as a dynamic multiplicity of interacting communities. Communication and thus language(s) assume an ... More


Eating their Words: The Consumption of French Caribbean Literature

Celia Britton

in Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781781380369
eISBN:
9781781387214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380369.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The economic basis of colonialism is export to the metropolis; in the case of the French Caribbean the exported products, historically, have mainly been types of food. More recently, however, they ... More


The settling of a language

Pieter A. M. Seuren

in From Whorf to Montague: Explorations in the Theory of Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199682195
eISBN:
9780191764929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682195.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter discusses the fact that natural languages are pieces of social reality. Due to settling, forms of behaviour become ‘standard’ in any given community. The notion of social reality is ... More


The origin of language

John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary

in The Major Transitions in Evolution

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198502944
eISBN:
9780191919237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198502944.003.0021
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Palaeontology: Earth Sciences

The past 30 years has witnessed a debate between the holders of two very different views about how humans are able to talk. The behaviourists, following B. F. Skinner, ... More


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