Urban Bahamian Creole

Urban Bahamian Creole

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This volume, a detailed empirical study of the creole English spoken in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, contributes to our understanding of both urban creoles and tense-aspect marking in creoles. The first part traces the development of a creole in the Bahamas via socio-demographic data and outlines its current status and functions vis-An-vis the standard in politics, the media, and education. The linguistic chapters combine typological and variationist methods to describe exhaustively a comprehensive grammatical subsystem, past temporal reference, offering a discourse-based approach to such controversial categories as the preverbal past marker. The quantitative analysis of variable past inflection, finally, tests not only well-known constraints, such as stativity or social class, but also ethnographically determined ones, such as narrative type. Its results are relevant not only to the study of Caribbean English-lexifier creoles and related varieties, such as African American English, but also to variation and change in urban dialects generally.The speakers of my sample occupy all three of Gordona#39;s class categories; the number of speakers per category, however, and. ... With the exception of the first, all of Gordona#39;s occupations are represented; most of my working-class interviewees were or had been service and manual ... 14 .14 Total/ pi 1, 085 48 . 48 2, 008 44 .43 5, 079 23 .17 Narratives of personal experience are marked at exactly the same.

Title:Urban Bahamian Creole
Author:Stephanie Hackert
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2004-07-29


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