BRITISH CREOLE RESOURCES 

Creole Bibliography

by Mark Sebba

 

This is a selective bibliography under the following headings:

 

A Short Bibliography of works on Creole in Britain

Theses and other less-accessible works on British Creole varieties

A more general bibliography of works relating to Creole languages, especially Caribbean Creoles

 (a) Textbooks on pidgins and Creoles

 (b) Advanced texts

 

A Short Bibliography of Works on Creole in Britain

 

(Only works dealing with English-lexicon creoles are included here. The emphasis is on books, and many shorter but valuable papers and articles have been omitted).

 

Dalphinis M. (1991): "The Afro-English creole speech community" in Alladina, S. and Edwards, V. (eds.), Multilingualism in the British Isles Volume 2: Africa, the Middle East and Asia, pp. 42-56. London, Longman.

 

Edwards, V. (1979): The West Indian language issue in British schools: challenges and responses. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul.

 

Edwards, Viv 1986 Language in a black community. Multilingual Matters 24.

Gilroy, P. (1987): 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack'. London, Hutchinson.

 

Hewitt, R.  (1986) White Talk, Black Talk. Cambridge University Press.

 

Rampton, B. (1995) Crossing. Language and Ethnicity among adolescents. London, Longman.

 

Sebba, Mark (1997): Contact Languages: Pidgins and Creoles. London, Macmillan. (Especially Chapter 7).

 

Sebba, M. (1993) London Jamaican: language systems in interaction. London, Longman. 

 

Sebba, Mark, Sally Kedge and Susan Dray (1999): The Corpus of Written British Creole: a user’s guide.  http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/mark/cwbc/cwbcman.htm

 

Sebba, M. and A.J. Wootton: "We, They and Identity: Sequential vs. Identity-related Explanation in Code-switching". In P.Auer (ed.), Code-switching in conversation, pp.262-289. London, Routledge.

 

Sutcliffe, D. (1982a): British Black English. Oxford, Blackwell.

 

Sutcliffe, D. and Wong A.  (editors) (1986):  The language of the Black experience.  Oxford, Blackwell.

 

Sutcliffe, D. with John Figueroa (1992): System in Black Language. Clevedon, Avon: Multilingual Matters.

 

Wells, J. C. (1973): Jamaican pronunciation in London.  Oxford, Blackwell.

 

Theses and other less-accessible works on British Creole varieties

 

Bottomley, K 1996 An evaluation of language policies relating to the use of Creole in the classroom. Unpublished B.Sc.(Honours) dissertation, Department of Geographical and Environmental Sciences, University of Huddersfield.

 

Mühleisen,  Susanne (2000) Creole discourse: exploring prestige formation and change across Caribbean English-lexicon Creoles. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main.

 

Tate Shirley 1984 Jamaican Creole approximation by Second-Generation Dominicans?: the use of agreement tokens. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of York.

 

Willis, Lerleen (1999): Bilingualism in African-Caribbean Young People In Sheffield: A Micro-Level Study Of Bilingual Interaction In Friendship Groups. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Department of English, University of Sheffield. 1999

 

Wright F J 1984 A sociolinguistic study of passivization amongst black adolescents in Britain. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Department of Linguistics, University of Birmingham.

 

A more general bibliography of works relating to Creole languages, especially Caribbean Creoles

 

(Please note this is a very selective bibliography. There are literally hundreds of other books, articles and papers).

 

(a) Textbooks on pidgins and Creoles (level varies, most require some knowledge of linguistics)

 

Holm, J. (2000): An introduction to Pidgins and Creoles. Cambridge University Press.

(For advanced students of linguistics)

 

Holm, J. (1988): Pidgins and Creoles. Vol. I: Theory and Structure. Cambridge University Press. (For advanced students of linguistics)

 

Holm, J. (1989): Pidgins and Creoles. Vol. II: Reference Survey. Cambridge University Press. (Advanced level, but contains a lot of information about individual languages which may be accessible to readers with little linguistic knowledge)

 

Romaine, S (1988): Pidgin and Creole Languages. London, Longman. ( A detailed account, by a linguist. Requires some specialist knowledge.)

 

Sebba, Mark (1997): Contact Languages: Pidgins and Creoles. London, Macmillan.

(Should be accessible at least in part to someone with English Language A-level or equivalent)

 

Singh, I. (2000): Pidgins and Creoles: an introduction. London, Arnold. (A basic introduction)

 

Todd, Loreto (1991): Pidgins and Creoles London, Routledge and Kegan Paul. (A basic introduction)

 

Todd, Loreto (1984): Modern Englishes: Pidgins and Creoles London, Routledge and Kegan Paul. (A basic introduction)

 

(b) Advanced texts – research monographs and papers

 

Alleyne, M. (1980): Comparative Afro-American. Ann Arbor, Karoma Press.

 

Bailey, B.L. (1966): Jamaican Creole Syntax: a transformational approach. Cambridge University Press.

 

Bickerton, D. (1975): Dynamics of a Creole System. Cambridge, C.U.P.

 

Cassidy, F.G. (1961): Jamaica Talk. London, Macmillan.

 

Cassidy, F.G. and Le Page, R.B. (1967/1980) Dictionary of Jamaican English. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

 

De Camp, D. (1971): Towards a generative analysis of a post-creole speech continuum. In D. Hymes, (ed.): Pidginization  and  creolization of languages, pp. 349-370.Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

 

Gibson, K. A. (1982): Tense and aspect in Guyanese Creole: a syntatic, semantic and pragmatic analysis. D.Phil. dissertation, University of York.

 

Le Page, R.B. and Tabouret-Keller, A. (1985): Acts of Identity. Cambridge University Press.

 

Patrick, Peter L. (1999): Urban Jamaican Creole. Variation in the Mesolect. (Varieties of English Around the World G17). Amsterdam, Benjamins.

 

Pollard, V. (1994): Dread Talk. Kingston, Canoe Press.

 

Rickford, John R.(1987): Dimensions of a Creole Continuum: history, texts and linguistic analysis of Guyanese Creole. Stanford University Press.

 

Wells J C 1982 Accents of English. Volume 3: Beyond the British Isles. Cambridge University Press.

 

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