If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That by Thomas Klingler

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  • Title: If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That
  • Author: Thomas Klingler
  • Category: Language Arts
  • Date: August 2003
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9780807127797

 

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If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That, by Thomas Klingler, is an in-depth research of the Creole language spoken in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, a neighborhood located on the west financial institution of the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge that dates again to the early eighteenth century. The first complete grammatical description of this specific number of Louisiana Creole, Klingler’s work is well timed certainly, since most Creole audio system within the Pointe Coupee space are over sixty-five and the language just isn’t being handed on to youthful generations. It preserves and explains an essential but little understood a part of America’s cultural heritage that’s quickly disappearing. The coronary heart of the guide is an in depth morphosyntactic description based mostly on some 150 hours of interviews with Pointe Coupee Creole audio system. Each grammatical characteristic is abundantly illustrated with contextual examples, and Klingler’s descriptive framework will facilitate comparative analysis. The creator additionally supplies historic and sociolinguistic background data on the area, inspecting financial, demographic, and social situations that contributed to the formation and unfold of Creole in Louisiana. Pointe Coupee Creole is uncommon, and in some circumstances distinctive, due to such components because the parish’s early publicity to English, its speedy improvement of a plantation financial system, and its relative insulation from Cajun French. The quantity concludes with transcriptions and English translations of Creole folks tales and of Klingler’s conversations with Pointe Coupee’s residents, a treasure trove of cultural and linguistic uncooked knowledge. This sort of not often printed materials will likely be important in preserving Creole sooner or later. Encylopedic in its method and that includes a complete bibliography, If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That is a wealthy useful resource for these within the improvement of Louisiana Creole and in Francophony

 

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