Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: S204 Elliott Hall
Nouchi as a distinct language: The morphological evidence
In this talk I argue that Nouchi, a contact variety spoken in Côte d’Ivoire, is not simply a dialect of French, but is a distinct language with a full-fledged grammatical system. I describe the development of Nouchi and discuss how it has been treated since its emergence. I then discuss several morphological processes of Nouchi demonstrating that, contra Ahua’s (2009) claim, Nouchi’s morphology is not transparently adopted from French. With a focus on the morphological processes in Nouchi, I contribute to the current debate in the literature on the universal simplicity of creoles, demonstrating that McWhorter’s (1998, 2005) claim of three prototypical properties of creoles does not hold in Nouchi. Though Nouchi has been called slang, a dialect of Ivoirian French, broken French, or an urban youth language, I demonstrate by a variety of measures that Nouchi is a full-fledged language distinct from its source languages.
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