1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages

Edited By Umberto Ansaldo, Miriam Meyerhoff Copyright 2020
    558 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    558 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 three sections, its analysis covers:

    • Space and place – areal perspective on pidgin and creole languages
    • Usage, function and power – sociolinguistic and artistic perspectives on pidgins and creoles, creoles as sociocultural phenomena
    • Framing of the study of pidgin and creole languages – history of the field, interdisciplinary connections

    Demonstrating how fundamentally human and natural these communication systems are, how 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.

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    List of Contributors



    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 Southeast Asia – Nala H. Lee
    5. Australia and the South West Pacific – Felicity Meakins
    6. The contact Varieties of Japan and the North-West Pacific – Kazuko Matsumoto & David Britain
    7. North America and Hawai‘i – Sarah 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 M. Soong & Lee A. Tonouchi
    15. Identity Politics – Nicholas Faraclas
    16. Creoles, Education and Policy – Denise Angelo
    17. Identity and Flexible 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



    Umberto Ansaldo is Professor in Linguistics and Head of the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University, Australia. This Handbook was started at The University of Hong Kong and completed at The University of Sydney.

    Miriam Meyerhoff is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College and Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Oxford. She holds an adjunct position at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.