The Complex of Creole Typological Features: The Case of Mauritian Creole
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This paper presents morphosyntactic and sentential information on Mauritian Creole (MC), a French-lexifier creole which has been underrepresented in many studies of Creole morphosyntactic typology. Typological features from Holm & Patrick (2007), Bickerton (1981, 1984), Taylor (1971, 1977), Markey (1982), and Dryer (1992), most of which have previously been assembled as being diagnostic of a language's creole status, are presented here with examples from contempo- rary MC. MC sentences from sets of comparative creolistic sentences in Hancock (1975, 1987) are presented in Appendix A. The material demonstrates abundant- ly that MC exhibits the vast majority of features which have been deemed typical of creole languages over the past four decades. Keywords: Ile de France Creole, Indian Ocean Creole, Mauritian Creole, Seselwa, typology
Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
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Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)