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Caribbean creoles: "Semi-creolization", literary attestations (Schneider et al.)

The creoles spoken in the Caribbean show a remarkable range of variability and a number of linguistic properties which are related to those of English dialects and African American English. My interest in these varieties was fueled originally by these similarities, by recognizing the importance of different types of contact effects in these varieties, and by an interest in how to grasp this variability theoretically. Using published raw text collections and literary sources, some answers to these questions have been developed.

Publications

Schneider, Edgar W. 1990. "The cline of creoleness in English-oriented creoles and semi-creoles of the Caribbean." English World-Wide 11, 79-113.

Schneider, Edgar W. 1997. "The cline of creoleness in negation patterns of Caribbean English Creoles." In Raymond Hickey & Stanislav Puppel, eds. Language History and Linguistic Modelling. A Festschrift for Jacek Fisiak on his 60th birthday. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter 1997, 1055-1067.

Schneider, Edgar W. 1999. "Negation patterns and the cline of creoleness in English-oriented varieties of the Caribbean." In Pauline Christie, Barbara Lalla, Velma Pollard and Lawrence Carrington, eds., Studies in Caribbean Language II. Papers from the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, 1992. St. Augustine: Society for Caribbean Linguistics, 204-227.

Schneider, Edgar W. and Christian Wagner. 2006. "The variability of literary dialect as a reflection of pan-lectal competence: Jamaican Creole in Thelwell's The Harder They Come.", Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 21: 45-95.

Schneider, Edgar W. 2008. "Introduction: Varieties of English in the Americas and the Caribbean". In Edgar W. Schneider, ed., Varieties of English. Vol. 2: The Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 23-33.

Schneider, Edgar W. 2008. "Synopsis: phonological variation in the Americas and the Caribbean". In Edgar W. Schneider, ed., Varieties of English. Vol. 2: The Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 383-398.

Schneider, Edgar W. 2008. "Synopsis: morphological and syntactic variation in the Americas and the Caribbean". In Edgar W. Schneider, ed., Varieties of English. Vol. 2: The Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 763-776.

Schneider, Edgar W. 2010. "Contact Englishes and Creoles in the Caribbean." In Raymond Hickey, ed., Handbook of Language Contact. Malden: Blackwell, 478-497.


  1. Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Cultures
  2. Department of English and American Studies

English Linguistics

Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider
Professor emeritus

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