Linguists' most dangerous myth: The fallacy of Creole Exceptionalism

@article{DeGraff2005LinguistsMD,
  title={Linguists' most dangerous myth: The fallacy of Creole Exceptionalism},
  author={Michel DeGraff},
  journal={Language in Society},
  year={2005},
  volume={34},
  pages={533 - 591}
}
“Creole Exceptionalism” is defined as a set of beliefs, widespread among both linguists and nonlinguists, that Creole languages form an exceptional class on phylogenetic and/or typological grounds. It also has nonlinguistic (e.g., sociological) implications, such as the claim that Creole languages are a “handicap” for their speakers, which has undermined the role that Creoles should play in the education and socioeconomic development of monolingual Creolophones. Focusing on Caribbean Creoles… 
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