Creolization of Language and Culture is the first English edition of Robert Chaudenson's landmark text Des îles, des hommes, des langues, which has also been fully revised.
. With reference to the main varieties of creole French, Chaudenson argues against the traditional account of creole genesis for a more sophisticated paradigm which takes full account of the peculiar linguistic and social factors at play in colonial societies.
This is an accessible book which makes an important contribution to the study of pidgin and creole language varieties, as well as to the development of contemporary European languages outside Europe. Key features include:
Analysis of current debates on the development of creoles
Discussion of many aspects of human culture including music, medicine, cooking, magic and folklore
Translation of all French sources from which Chaudenson quotes extensively

chapter 1|13 pages

Creole people and languages

chapter 2|20 pages

Concepts and settings

The case of French creoles

chapter 3|19 pages

Theories of linguistic creolization

chapter 4|89 pages

Toward a theory of creolization

The sociohistorical and sociolinguistic approach

chapter 5|52 pages

Linguistic creolization

chapter 6|4 pages

Creolization of cultural systems

chapter 7|27 pages

Creole music

chapter 8|18 pages

Creole cuisine

chapter 9|18 pages

Creole folk medicine and magic

chapter 10|42 pages

Creole oral literature

chapter 11|13 pages

General conclusions