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1. RECONSIDERING CREOLE EXCEPTIONALISM? The primary goal of my Discussion Note 'Against Creole exceptionalism' (Language 79.2.391–410, hereafter ACE) was to demystify a variety of past and present beliefs—widespread in and outside acade-mia—according to which Creole languages constitute an exceptional class on phyloge-netic and/or typological grounds. Derek(More)
1 Introduction In several languages, the means that are used for marking possession can be used for marking obligation. (1) a. John has a book. b. John has to read a book. Henceforth, I will refer to the construction in (1b) as the Obligational Construction (OC) (= the construction used for possession · a non-finite verbal part). In this paper, I will(More)
warned us that 'no other subject [outside of language] has fostered more absurd notions, more prejudices, more illusions and more fantasies. .. [I]t is the primary task of the linguist to denounce them, and to eradicate them as completely as possible'. But, what if 'prejudices', 'illu-sions', and 'fantasies' underlie some of the foundations of Creole(More)
Creole languages are typically the linguistic side effects of the creation of global economies based on the forced migration and labor of enslaved Africans toiling in European colonies in the Americas. Section 1 addresses terminological and methodological preliminaries in Creole studies, including definitions of ‘Creole’ languages that contradict some of(More)
The Computational Linguistics Feedback Forum (CLIFF) is a group of students and faculty who gather once a week to discuss the members' current research. As the word "feedback" suggests, the group's purpose is the sharing of ideas. The group also promotes interdisciplinary contacts between researchers who share an interest in Cognitive Science. and many(More)
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