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THEORY: English as a creole [was Re: Rant on partialunderstandings]

From:Anton Sherwood <bronto@...>
Date:Saturday, December 22, 2001, 7:38
"Thomas R. Wier" wrote:
> . . . [English] also has a phonology vastly > different from most creoles and pidgins. Almost no creole or pidigin, > e.g., allows a complex onset with three consonants, and most creoles or > pidgins do not have typologically marked phones like [T] or [D].
And (afaik) they have fewer vowels than English; though later changes in English (comparable to the GVS, but more conditional) could have added to the inventory. -- Anton Sherwood --