The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages offers a state-of-the-art collection of original contributions in the area of Pidgin and Creole studies. Providing unique and equal coverage of nearly all parts of the world where such languages are found, as well as situating each area within a rich socio-historical context, this book presents fresh and diverse interdisciplinary perspectives from leading voices in the field. Divided into three sections, its analysis covers:
Space and place - areal perspective on pidgin and creole languages
Usage, function and power - sociolinguistic and artistic perspectives on pidgins and creoles, creoles as sociocultural phenomena
Framing of the study of pidgin and creole languages - history of the field, interdisciplinary connections
Demonstrating how fundamentally human and natural these communication systems are, how rich in expressive power and sophisticated in their complexity, The Routledge Handbook of Pidgin and Creole Languages is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in this area.