The properties of creole nominal expressions are considered from a comparative-typological perspective: the study is carried out on fifteen creoles contrasted to their European superstrates and their non-European substrates. In addition to superstrate and substrate influence, the study investigates the role of the universals of second language acquisition, grammaticalization, as well as the universal principles of reference marking and discourse organization in the development of the creole nominal domain. The findings of the study pose challenges for a number of contemporarily prominent views on creole genesis as well as for general theories of the structural organization and interpretation of nominal expressions such as the DP hypothesis.
This study is particularly relevant to linguists interested in language contact, creole studies, language change, language acquisition, and syntax, semantics, and typology of nominal expressions.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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