publication . Article . 2013

The transparency of creoles

Leufkens, Sterre;
Open Access
  • Published: 15 Sep 2013 Journal: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, volume 28, pages 323-362 (issn: 0920-9034, eissn: 1569-9870, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
<jats:p>In this article I propose that creoles are relatively transparent compared to their source languages. This means that they display more one-to-one relations between meaning and form. Transparency should be distinguished from the concepts of simplicity, ease of acquisition, and regularity. Definitions of these notions are given and it is shown how they have been mixed up in earlier literature.</jats:p><jats:p>The transparency of creoles is explained as a result of language contact. When people speaking radically different languages communicate, they tend to use maximally intelligible forms, i.e. transparent forms. The repeated selection of transparent ove...
Subjects
free text keywords: creoles, transparency, simplicity, regularity, typology, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Transparency (graphic), Sociology, Language acquisition, Linguistics, Empirical research, Language contact
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publication . Article . 2013

The transparency of creoles

Leufkens, Sterre;