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A02 Speaker's choices in a creole context: Bislama and Morisien

Manfred Krifka, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)


The project investigates situation-specific individual linguistic variation and its contribution to the expression of social meaning in creole language communities. It deals with Bislama, an English-based creole spoken in Vanuatu and Kreol Morisien, a French-based creole spoken in Mauritius. Inspired by the speaker-centered approach of the CRC, the project will focus on the creativity of individual speakers and employ novel experimental techniques. It will relate situational and social meaning aspects with particular linguistic features and will also be concerned with the formation of new registers in spoken and written language.