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An Introduction to Pidgins and Creoles (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) Paperback – September 18, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521585811 ISBN-10: 0521585813

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  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521585813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521585811
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,045,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is well written, clear, and accessible to students with a minimum of linguistics background, and in all it covers well what it sets out to discuss." Studies in Second Language Acquisition

"Holm has worked on these languages for the best part of three decades, and this is apparent in the width and scope of his research." Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development

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This textbook is a clear and concise introduction to the study of how new languages come into being. Starting with an overview of the field's basic concepts, it surveys the new languages that developed as a result of the European expansion to the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Long misunderstood as 'bad' versions of European languages, today such varieties as Jamaican Creole English, Haitian Creole French and New Guinea Pidgin are recognized as distinct languages in their own right.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CHARLIE PR on July 18, 2012
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I am a graduate student in linguistics, which might explain why I liked it so much. Great textbook for a linguistics course on the subject. If your interest in languages is more "casual" there are other more "fun" books on language, full of amusing anecdotes, directed at a more "layman" audience.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liu Haitao on October 6, 2000
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Pidgins and Creoles are languages, which be born and developed in special social conditions. They are not only teach us how new language comes into being. They can also give us what elements in language are neccessary, why contact languages born from practical communication are more easily to learn and use. If you'd like to know whether really exist simpler languages than natural languages, the book will answer your questions above. This book maybe is the best textbook on creolistics.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liu Haitao on October 6, 2000
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Pidgins and Creoles are languages, which be born and developed in special social conditions. They are not only teach us how new language comes into being. They can also give us what elements in language are neccessary, why contact languages born from practical communication are more easily to learn and use. If you'd like to know whether really exist simpler languages than natural languages, the book will answer your questions above. This book maybe is the best textbook on creolistics.
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