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French Creoles

A Comprehensive and Comparative Grammar, 1st Edition

By Anand Syea


500 pages

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French Creoles: A Comprehensive and Comparative Grammar is the first complete reference to present the morphology, grammar and syntax of a representative selection of French Creoles in one volume.

The book is organised to promote a thorough understanding of the grammar of French Creoles and presents its complexities in a concise and readable form. An extensive index, cross-referencing and a generous use of headings provides readers with immediate access to the information they require.

The varieties included within the volume provide a representative collection of French Creoles from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, including: Mauritian Creole, Seychelles Creole, Reunion Creole (where relevant), Haitian Creole, Martinique Creole, Guadeloupe Creole, Guyanese French Creole, Karipuna, St. Lucia Creole, Louisiana Creole and Tayo.

By providing a comprehensive description of a range of French Creoles in a clear and non-technical manner, this grammar is the ideal reference for all linguists and researchers with an interest in Creole studies and in French, descriptive and historical linguistics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Creole Languages – an historical overview

What is a Creole?

How did Creoles develop?

Place of Creoles in education

Chapter 1 Morphology

Affixes - inflectional and derivational


Chapter 2 Nouns

Common and proper nouns

Concrete and abstract nouns

Count and non-count nouns

Chapter 3 Articles

Definite article

Indefinite article

Zero article

Chapter 4 Pronouns

Personal pronouns

Possessive pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns

Reflexive pronouns

Chapter 5 Adjectives and Adverbs

Pre- and post-nominal adjectives

Augmentative and dimunitive adjectives

Adjective reduplication

Ordering adjectives

Adverbs (temporal, locational, manner, reason)

Chapter 6 Numerals and quantifiers

Types of numerals (ordinal, cardinal)


Chapter 7 Verbs

Types of verbs (transitive, ditransitive, unaccusative, unergative, control, raising, causative verbs)

Verbs and their complements (finite and non-finite complements, defective complements, and small clause complements)

Serial verb constructions

Chapter 8 Tense, Mood, and Aspect markers

Ordering of tense, mood, and aspect markers

Modality (possibility, necessity, permission)

Chapter 9 Prepositions

Types of meaning expressed (e.g. dative, instrumental, location)

Chapter 10 Subordination

Subordinating conjunctions

Adjunct clauses

Chapter 11 Questions (types of questions: yes/no questions, wh-questions, multiple wh-questions, wh-in-situ questions, echo-questions)

Chapter 12 Relative clauses (restrictive and non-restrictive)

Relative pronouns

Strategies for forming relative clauses

Range of grammatical functions which can be relativized

Pied-piping and resumptive pronouns

Chapter 13 Focus constructions

Cleft constructions

Topic constructions

Chapter 14 Negation

Sentence and constituent negation


Relation between N-words and negation

Chapter 15 Sentence structure and word order

Subject-less sentences

Verb-less sentences

Objectless sentences


About the Author

Anand Syea is Reader in Linguistics at the University of Westminster, UK.

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