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.
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
Chapter 4 Pronouns
Chapter 5 Adjectives and Adverbs
Pre- and post-nominal adjectives
Augmentative and dimunitive 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
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)
Strategies for forming relative clauses
Range of grammatical functions which can be relativized
Pied-piping and resumptive pronouns
Chapter 13 Focus constructions
Chapter 14 Negation
Sentence and constituent negation
Relation between N-words and negation
Chapter 15 Sentence structure and word order
Comprehensive Grammars are clear guides to the entire grammar system of each language. They are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners and a must for every language reference library.
All Comprehensive Grammars are available as inspection copies.