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The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages

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ISBN 9781138557789
November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
584 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages offers a state-of-the-art collection of original contributions in the area of Pidgin and Creole studies. Providing unique and equal coverage of nearly all parts of the world where such languages are found, as well as situating each area within a rich socio-historical context, this book presents fresh and diverse interdisciplinary perspectives from leading voices in the field. Divided into five sections, its analysis covers:

  • Areal perspectives on pidgin and creole languages;
  • Ideology, history and theoretical constructs;
  • Pidgins and Creoles and the evolution of human languages;
  • Sociolinguistic perspectives on pidgin and creole languages;
  • Creoles as socio-cultural forms;


Demonstrating how fundamentally human and natural these communication systems are, rich in expressive power and sophisticated in their complexity, The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in this area.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Not in Retrospective: The future of pidgin and creole research – Umberto Ansaldo & Miriam Meyerhoff

Part I: Space and place

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa – Ana Deumert
  2. The Arab World – Stefano Manfredi
  3. Indian Ocean Creoles – Guillaume Fon Sing & Daniel Véronique
  4. South and South East Asia – Nala H. Lee
  5. Australia and the South West Pacific – Felicity Meakins
  6. Contact Varieties of Japan and the North West Pacific – Kazuko Matsumoto & David Britain
  7. North America and Hawai‘i – Sarah J. Roberts
  8. Caribbean, South and Central America – Bettina Migge
  9. The Atlantic – Kofi Yakpo & Norval Smith
  10. Pidgins and Creoles in Eurasia: The consolation of philology – Anthony P. Grant
  11. Part II: Usage, function and power

  12. Creole Arts and Music – Käthe Managan
  13. The Rise of Pidgin Theatre in Hawai‘i – Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker
  14. Creoles in Literature: Talking Story with Lee A. Tonouchi, ‘Da Pidgin Guerrilla’ on Pidgin in the Local Literatures of Hawai‘i – Micheline Soong & Lee A. Tonouchi
  15. Identity Politics – Nicholas Faraclas
  16. Creoles, Education and Policy – Denise Angelo
  17. Identity and Mixed Languages: Youth and urban varieties – Ellen Hurst-Harosh
  18. Pidgins and Creoles: New domains, new technologies – Theresa Heyd
  19. Im/Mobilities – Lisa Lim
  20. Variation in Pidgin and Creole Languages – Miriam Meyerhoff
  21. Part III: Framing

  22. On the History of Pidgin and Creole Studies – Rachel Selbach
  23. The Typology of Pidgin and Creole Languages – Viveka Velupillai
  24. Language Contact and Human Dispersal – Roger Blench
  25. Diachronic Studies of Pidgins and Creoles – Magnus Huber
  26. Pidgins and Creoles and the Language Faculty – Marlyse Baptista, Danielle Burgess & Joy P.G. Peltier
  27. Child Acquisition of Pidgins and Creoles – Michele M. Kennedy
  28. Multilingualism and the Structure of Code-Mixing – Eeva Sippola
  29. Post-structuralist Approaches to Language Contact – Kara Fleming
  30. Pidgin and Creole Ecology and Evolution – Umberto Ansaldo & Pui Yiu Szeto


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Umberto Ansaldo is Professor and Head of the School of Literature, Arts, and Media at The University of Sydney, Australia.

Miriam Meyerhoff has taught sociolinguistics in places as diverse as New Zealand, Hawai‘i, the mainland United States, Vanuatu and Scotland. She has consulted on sociolinguistic issues for the print and broadcast media and published books and articles on language variation, language and gender and language contact. She is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.