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The acquisition of Jamaican Creole: The emergence and transformation of early syntactic systems

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Abstract This study explores the early acquisition of Jamaican Creole (JC) syntax. There is a significant gap in linguistic research investigating the acquisition of creole languages which this research aims to repair. Six children, age ranging from 1;6 – 1;11, were recorded over an 18 month period. 60 minutes recordings were conducted every 10-15 days, thereby establishing the first longitudinal corpus of acquisition data in a creole language. The corpus was subjected to detailed analysis describing both target-consistent and target-inconsistent productions. The phenomena studied included the emergence of tense, aspectual and modal markers, null subjects, focalization, topicalization, interrogation and ‘typical creole features’ such as verb serialization, double-negation, etc. The empirical findings provide evidence of early syntactic development and contribute to the on-going debate on Language Universals. This study will have a long-lasting contribution to the linguistic community as it provides an accessible corpus of natural production of JC early syntactic systems.
Keywords Language acquisitionCreole languageJamaican CreoleSyntax
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-742285
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DE LISSER, Tamirand Nnena. The acquisition of Jamaican Creole: The emergence and transformation of early syntactic systems. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2015. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:74228

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