1st Edition

Creoles, Revisited
Language Contact, Language Change, and Postcolonial Linguistics

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after May 18, 2021
ISBN 9780367410100
May 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This innovative book contributes to a paradigm shift in the study of creole languages, forging new empirical frameworks for understanding language and culture in sociohistorical contact. The authors bring together archival sources to challenge dominant linguistic theory and practice and engage issues of power, positioning marginalized indigenous peoples as the center of, and vital agents in, these languages’ formation and development. Students in language contact, pidgins & creoles, Caribbean studies, and postcolonial studies courses – and scholars across many disciplines – will benefit from this book and be convinced of the importance of understanding creoles and creolization.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Post-colonial Linguistics and Post-creole Creolistics

Nicholas G. Faraclas and Sally J. Delgado

Chapter 2: A Subaltern Overview of Early Colonial Contact in the Afro-Atlantic: Renegades, Maroons and the Sugar Story

Nicholas G. Faraclas

Chapter 3: Sociohistorical Matrices for the Emergence of Afro-Atlantic ‘Creoles’ and other pre-1800 Colonial Era Contact Repertoires and Varieties

Nicholas G. Faraclas and Sally J. Delgado

Chapter 4: Renegades, Raiders, Loggers and Traders in the Early Colonial Contact Zones of the Western Caribbean

Sally J. Delgado

Chapter 5: ‘Arawak’, ‘Carib’ and ‘Garifuna’: Indigenous Trans-/Pluri-linguality versus Imperial Myth-making in the Afro-Atlantic

Fernando Y. Alvarado Benítez and Nicholas G. Faraclas

Chapter 6: Jamaican Maroon Spirit Language, Krio and Cryptolect

Ian Hancock

Chapter 7: Conceptual Construal, Convergence and the Creole Lexicon

Micah Corum




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Dr. Nicholas G. Faraclas is a Professor in Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

Dr. Sally J. Delgado is a certified teacher and Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus.