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Relabeling in Language Genesis$
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Claire Lefebvre

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945290

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945290.001.0001

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The Relabeling-Based Theory of Creole Genesis

The Relabeling-Based Theory of Creole Genesis

(p.31) Chapter 3 The Relabeling-Based Theory of Creole Genesis
Relabeling in Language Genesis

Claire Lefebvre

Oxford University Press

The content of this chapter is intended to introduce the relabeling-based theory of creole genesis to readers who are not familiar with it, as well as to present its latest developments to those who are. This chapter thus contains a summary of the relabeling-based (a.k.a. relexification) theory of creole genesis as it has been updated over the last fifteen years. In this approach, relabeling plays a central role in the genesis of creoles; other processes then apply to the output of relabeling. The summary of the theory presented here includes the most recent additions, revisions, and developments. It also includes replies to major comments and critiques that have been addressed to this theory over the years. In addition, it considers new data, from Saramaccan, Papiamentu, and other creoles, that allow for a wider and deeper discussion of the issues involved.

Keywords:   relabeling, creole genesis, Saramaccan, Papiamentu, relexification

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