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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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Relabeling in Two Different Theories of the Lexicon

Relabeling in Two Different Theories of the Lexicon

(p.103) Chapter 4 Relabeling in Two Different Theories of the Lexicon
Relabeling in Language Genesis

RenÉe Lambert-BrÉtiÈre

Claire Lefebvre

Oxford University Press

By its very nature, relabeling takes place in the lexical component of the grammar. By hypothesis, different theories of the lexicon should make different predictions as to the nature of the lexical items that are pertinent for relabeling. The aim of this chapter is to test this hypothesis by comparing the predictions of two different approaches to the lexicon—the Principles and Parameters (P&P) framework and the Radical Construction Grammar (RCxG) framework—for a relabeling-based account of creole genesis, on the basis of data drawn from a subset of Caribbean creoles and their contributing languages. The analysis shows that, for all the constructions studied in this chapter, the RCxG approach to the lexicon presents clear advantages over the P&P model with respect to the relabeling-based account of creole genesis.

Keywords:   relabeling, theories of the lexicon, Principles and Parameters, Radical Construction Grammar, creole genesis

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