Todd, L. (1974) Pidgins and Creoles. London: Routledge.
Friday 6 October
Presented by Peter
Joyner, C. (1984) Gullah: A Creole Language. In C. Joyner, Down By the
Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.  Monday 9 October
Presented by Nicole.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Language and name
- Chapter 3: Theories of origin: pidgins
Harshav, B. (1990) The Meaning of Yiddish. Berkeley:
University of California Press. Chapter 2: The Nature of Yiddish.
Read this article
for an introduction.
Wednesday 11 October
Presented by Jackie.
Jamaican Creole samples
Voice of America in Hatian Creole
Gullah Folk Tale
Assessment #2 Question (due Friday 10 November)
Is Yiddish a creole language? Is English (i.e., the language that you
speak)? Your answer to these questions
should describe the main characteristics of Creole languages, and then
discuss how English and Yiddish fail or succeed in matching these
Suggestions for Further Research
Jamaican Creole makes a frequent appearance in
as does the language and culture of the
One way to explore this topic would be to write a lexicon of Jamaican Creole
words appearing in Reggae songs, annotated with discographic information
(musician, song title, album title, publisher, date, etc.), etymologies,
and cultural information when relevant. (Even better would
be to write it as a web page with hyperlinks.)