Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond

Michel DeGraff

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond

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This article examines the relation between word order and morphology, and evaluates the implications of Creolization for comparative-historical linguistics. It provides a brief critique of certain foundational assumptions in Creole studies and presents a theoretically grounded overview of a selected subset of verb-phrase-related properties in Haitian Creole. The article considers the consequences of the theoretical Creole exceptionalism and compares the Haitian Creole data with germane data from a couple of other Romance-lexifier Creoles.

Keywords: word order; morphology; Creolization; comparative-historical linguistics; Creole studies; Haitian Creole; Creole exceptionalism

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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