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Relabeling in Language Genesis

Claire Lefebvre


Relabeling is a process that consists in assigning a lexical entry of languagex a new label derived from a phonetic string drawn from languagey. This process plays a central role in the formation of contact languages such as mixed languages, pidgins and creoles, New Englishes, etc. The aim of this book is to present a coherent picture of the progress that has been made in research on relabeling over the last fifteen years and to reply to the comments and questions that have been directed at the relabeling-based theory of creole genesis presented in Lefebvre (1998) and related work. This book a ... More

Keywords: language contact, pidgin, creole languages, mixed languages, creole genesis, relabeling, superstrate language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945290
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Lefebvre, author
University of Quebec - Montreal