Pidgins and Creoles (Q1086B)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module represents an introduction to pidgin and creole languages, focusing on their structural properties (morphology, syntax and phonology). Grammatical properties discussed include topics such as word order, tense mood and aspect systems, serial verb constructions, relative clauses and information structure. Phonological properties discussed include a description of creole sound systems and their prosodic properties, from syllable structure to tone.

The module also explores the unique sociocultural history of pidgins and creoles and theoretical approaches to their emergence, exploring the circumstances under which creole formation can occur and theories concerning the origin of the grammatical features found in creoles. Finally, the module will also provide a typological survey of creoles, looking at creoles from around the world, and creoles with different lexifier languages, beside English.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.