Simulating the genesis of Mauritian
2013 (English)In: Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. International Journal of Structural Linguistics, ISSN 0374-0364, Vol. 45, no 2, 265-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper presents a computer simulation of the genesis of Mauritian Creole. The input consists of detailed demographic data and typological information on Mauritian as well as the languages which contributed to its birth. The simulation is deliberately a simplistic one – the idea is to have as few potentially controversial assumptions as possible built into the model, and add additional parameters only to the extent that its output differs from the real-world result. As it turns out, the model generates a language which is highly similar to Mauritian as it is spoken today, and thus, very little “tweaking” seems necessary. Most notably, the model produces the desired result without the postulation of targeted language acquisition, and while one cannot conclude that this was not a part of the creolisation process, our simulation suggests that it is not a necessary assumption.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 45, no 2, 265-273 p.
creole, creolisation, pidginisation, computer simulation, Mauritius, Mauritian French Creole
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject General Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112577DOI: 10.1080/03740463.2013.900998OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112577DiVA: diva2:779435