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Luisa in Journal of Pidgins and Creole Languages

October 08, 2020 Linguistics

A portrait of Luisa Seguin, PhD student in Linguistics, turned toward the camera in three-quarter profile

Language contact can lead to more transparent relations between form and meaning.

Now out in the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, "Transparency and language contact" from first year PhD student Luisa Seguin. The paper looks at Haitian Creole, in relation to French and Fongbe, as a case study in the hypothesis that, in situations of contact, languages often develop more "transparent" correspondences between meaning and form.