A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase in the English-lexicon Creole of St Vincent and the Grenadines

Prescod, Paula

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Title: A grammatical description of the Noun Phrase...

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Softcover

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This study proposes a grammatical description of the noun phrase (NP) of the English-lexicon Creole of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (VinC). VinC, which coexists with its superstrate, is at present linguistically unaccounted for. As a result, prior to the syntactic analysis, we reflect on the process of creolisation that could account for the origin of VinC, based on historical documents. We then provide a phonological analysis, which gives a concise idea of the phonemic and accentual features of VinC. The alphabet recommended, is intended to render the transcription of the examples provided in the study conform to the phonological nature of the creole. The grammatical description itself, covered in three chapters, hinges on the functionalist and structuralist frameworks, as it seeks to describe the syntactic relations existing between the constituents of the NP. Firstly, we study the features of the head of the NP, i.e. the noun and its substitutes. The author then analyses the left expansions of nouns, i.e. determiners as well as modifiers. The penultimate chapter offers a unified analysis of the post-modifiers of the VinC NP, i.e. relative clauses, complementizer clauses, prepositional clauses and noun complements. The final chapter focuses on the concept of reference and how it influences the choice of definite and indefinite determiners. Here, we advocate an analysis based on the theory of familiarity and degree of identification from the hearerís point of view that could account for definiteness and specificity: grammatical-semantic notions that often fall short in their analysis of the null determiner. Key words: creole, creolisation, definiteness, null determiner, genericity, grammatical description, plurality, post-modifier, proforms, relative clauses, reference, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, specificity, noun phrase. ISBN 9783895864353. LINCOM Studies in Pidgin and Creole Linguistics 10. 308pp. 2010. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895864353

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