OLAC Record

Title:The Classification of the English-Lexifier Creole Languages Spoken in Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent, and Tobago Using a Comparison of the Markers of Some Key Grammatical Features

This study examines the four English-lexifier creole languages spoken in Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent, and Tobago. These languages are classified using a comparison of some of the markers of key grammatical features identified as being typical of pidgin and creole languages. The classification is based on a scoring system that takes into account the potential problems in translation due to differences in the mapping of semantic notions. This scoring system allows for a quantification of the data being compared, which provides a relative score for the potential intelligibility and acceptability of sharing literary material from one creole to another. Basing the classification on key grammatical markers allows for the use of this classification in determining if it is possible to conduct Machine Assisted Human Translation (MAHT) of literary materials developed in one creole to another (i.e., adaptation). Using the markers to classify and group these languages provides further information in the MAHT process. The markers of the grammatical features can be input into the MAHT tool (the computer programme) even before the translation process is begun. This classification tool has implications in the areas of the classification of creole languages based on historical and sociohistorical events, the spread of grammatical features among English-lexifier creoles, decreolisation, variation studies, and literary development.

Contributor (author):Holbrook, David Joseph
Date (W3CDTF):2006
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/43481
Extent:212 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/43481
Is Part Of:SIL e-Books 25
Is Version Of (URI):oai:sil.org:9309
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):GY
Subject:Grenadian Creole English language
Guyanese Creole English language
Vincentian Creole English language
Tobagonian Creole English language
creole languages; translation; classification of languages; literary development; grammar
Subject (ISO639):gcl
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


Archive:  SIL Language and Culture Archives
Description:  http://www.language-archives.org/archive/sil.org
GetRecord:  OAI-PMH request for OLAC format
GetRecord:  Pre-generated XML file

OAI Info

OaiIdentifier:  oai:sil.org:43481
DateStamp:  2013-04-27
GetRecord:  OAI-PMH request for simple DC format

Search Info

Citation: Holbrook, David Joseph. 2006. SIL e-Books 25.
Terms: area_Americas area_Europe country_GB country_GD country_GY country_TT country_VC dcmi_Text iso639_eng iso639_gcl iso639_gyn iso639_svc iso639_tgh olac_language_description

Inferred Metadata

Country: GrenadaGuyanaTrinidad and TobagoSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
Area: Americas

Up-to-date as of: Mon Jun 15 6:04:03 EDT 2015