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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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(p.447) Chapter 24 Creoles
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Annegret Bollée

Philippe Maurer

Oxford University Press

After a brief outline of the principal episodes in the external histories of Romance creoles, the chapter surveys the principal aspects of phonology, morphology and syntax of Ibero-Romance-based creoles and French-based creoles. Topics dealt with include: vowels; consonants; morphosyntax of noun phrase (plural formation, determiners, subject pronouns, object pronouns, adjectives), verb phrase (tense, aspect, mood; copulas; (give/directional) serial verbs), and of sentence (word order, object marking, verb doubling in contrastive focus constructions, valency changing operations, interrogative and focus constructions).

Keywords:   Romance creoles, Ibero-Romance-based creoles, French-based creoles, dialects, phonology, morphology, syntax

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