The Syntax of Jamaican Creole: A Cartographic Perspective Stephanie Durrleman-tame

ISBN: 9789027255105

Published: August 28th 2008

Hardcover

190 pages


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The Syntax of Jamaican Creole: A Cartographic Perspective  by  Stephanie Durrleman-tame

The Syntax of Jamaican Creole: A Cartographic Perspective by Stephanie Durrleman-tame
August 28th 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 190 pages | ISBN: 9789027255105 | 8.15 Mb

This book offers an in-depth study of the overall syntax of (basilectal) Jamaican Creole, the first since Bailey (1966). The author, a Jamaican linguist, meticulously examines distributional and interpretative properties of functional morphology in Jamaican Creole (JC) from a cartographic perspective (Cinque 1999, 2002- Rizzi 1997, 2004), thus exploring to what extent the grammar of JC provides morphological manifestations of an articulate IP, CP and DP.

The data considered in this work offers new evidence in favour of these enriched structural analyses, and the instances where surface orders differ from the underlying functional skeleton are accounted for in terms of movement operations. This investigation of Jamaican syntax therefore allows us to conclude that the poor inflectional morphology typical of Creole languages in general and of (basilectal) Jamaican Creole in particular does not correlate with poor structural architecture.

Indeed the free morphemes discussed, as well as the word order considerations that indicate syntactic movement to designated projections, serve as arguments in favour of a rich underlying functional map.



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