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#381: New book on creolization: DeGraff ed.: From Vedrine

From: Emmanuel W. Vedrine <evedrine@hotmail.com>

Creolization, Diachrony, and Development

(edited by) Michel DeGraff

Copyright 199 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ISBN 0-262-04168-5

The MIT Press
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02142

"This book represents an impressive range of informative reports on the 
development of language through change, creolization, and creation, 
including the important story of the emerge of Sign Language in Nicaragua, a 
major event in the lives of the people affected and in the history of 
scientific language scholarship."

-- Kenneth L. Hale, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

" 'Langue Creation and Language Change' provides a stimulating discussion of 
the relationship between Creole languages and language development. It 
contains a variety of viewpoints and a wealth of empirical material 
concerning this fascinating problem. The volume illuminates and connects 
work in a variety of fields - from developmental psycholinguistics to 
linguistic theory to Creole studies to historical linguistics. DeGraff does 
much to integrate the contributions."

-- Ken Wexler, Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Department of Brain 
and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"For decades, linguists have taken in for granted that the process of 
creolization should serve as a bridge between theories of language 
acquisition and theories of language change. However, until now no single 
volume had ever attempted to tie all three issues together, nor to explore 
the implications of their mutual interaction for the nature of grammar. 
Michel DeGraff's 'Language Creation and Language Change' does all of this 
and more. Each of the fifteen contributions, written by the worlds leading 
creolists and generative grammarians, breaks new theoretical ground. The 
field owes DeGraff a resounding 'thank you', not only for assembling an 
anthology of such remarkably high quality, but for his own skillful 
commentary that both synthesizes and critiques the diverse opinions that the 
authors present in their individual contributions."

-- Frederick J. Newmeyer, Professor and Chair, Department of
Linguistics, University of Washington

* Courtesy of

Michel DeGraff is
Associate Professor of Linguistics
(Syntax, Semantics, Creole Languages)

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