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Grammaticalization in nonstandard varieties of English and English-based pidgins and creoles

Agnes Schneider

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of English

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199922765
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199922765.013.0057

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization in nonstandard varieties of English and English-based pidgins and creoles

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There are many different varieties of the English language all over the world, but it is not clear which of the grammatical properties displayed by these different varieties are innovations and which are directly related to and/or probably descended from English (in the British Isles). This question has been a major challenge for linguists, particularly in the areas of contact linguistics, creolist studies and English dialect studies (for example, of the Celtic Englishes). This article investigates morphosyntactic variation in varieties of English from the perspective of grammaticalization in non-standard varieties of English and English-based pidgins and creoles. It focuses on grammaticalization phenomena found in the domain of the noun phrase, an area of English grammar which has received less attention in the typological and dialectological literature on grammaticalization. The article discusses the distinction between varioversals, angloversals, and areoversals.

Keywords: grammaticalization; English; pidgins; creoles; noun phrase; varioversals; angloversals; areoversals; linguistics; morphosyntactic variation; typology; linguistics

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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