The creole debate has 11 ratings and 9 reviews warwick said i had not realised there was a creole debate so this was a bit of a confusing experience f. John h mcwhorter is associate professor of english and comparative literature at columbia university he has written academic books on creole linguistics including the book well be talking about today but also a number of popular books on language including the power of babel and black identity in the united stateshe is a regular columnist for several us broadsheets hes a two . I had not realised there was a creole debate so this was a bit of a confusing experience for me when i first got into linguistics it was taken for granted at least i thought it was that creoles were full languages with their own specific grammars which had emerged through a process of grammaticalisation from earlier ad hoc pidgins. Here john h mcwhorter debunks the most widely accepted idea that creoles are created in the same way as children taking characteristics from both parent languages and its underlying assumption that all historical and biological processes are the same
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