Diagnostic features of English-lexifier contact-languages: Grenada Creole English

Andrei A. Avram

Abstract


This paper draws on both diachronic and synchronic data and presents the attestations in Grenada Creole English of the diagnostic features of English-lexifier pidgins and creoles proposed by Baker & Huber (2001). This is followed by a comparison of the distribution of these features in Grenada Creole English and in the seven Atlantic English-lexifier contact languages considered by Baker & Huber (2001), and the quantification of the affinities of Grenada Creole English with several Eastern Caribbean varieties: Antiguan, Bajan, Kittitian, the Creole of Trinidad and Tobago, and Vincentian. A number of selected diagnostic features recorded in Grenada Creole English are then discussed in terms of their provenance, their relevance to the Western Eastern Caribbean creoles divide, and their classification.

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diagnostic features, Grenada Creole English, Atlantic, world-wide, Caribbean

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