publication . Article . 2013

Diagnostic Features of English-Lexifier Creoles: a new look at Bahamian

Andrei A. Avram;
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  • Published: 01 May 2013 Journal: Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics (issn: 2069-9239, eissn: 2069-9239, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Editura Universitatii din Bucuresti
Abstract
This paper is a partial replica of a study by Hackert and Huber (2007). It first documents the earliest attestations in Bahamian of the diagnostic features of English-lexifier pidgins and creoles proposed by Baker and Huber (2001). Bahamian is then compared to the seven Atlantic English-lexifier varieties considered by Baker and Huber (2001). As shown by Hackert and Huber (2007), this feature-based approach allows for the quantification of the affinity between Bahamian and Gullah. Finally, a number of selected diagnostic features recorded in Bahamian are discussed in terms of their origin and of their distribution.
Subjects
free text keywords: diagnostic features, Bahamian, Caribbean, Atlantic, world-wide, Philology. Linguistics, P1-1091
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