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Title: The Origins of Empty Categories in Singapore English
Authors: Zhiming, B. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Zhiming, B. (2001). The Origins of Empty Categories in Singapore English. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 16 (2) : 275-319. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The system of empty categories in Singapore English, a contact language with an endogenous ecology, arises through the interaction of three parameters: [topic-prominence], [pro-drop], & [wh-movement]. These parameters are re-set under the pressure of the languages in the contact ecology, mainly the substrate Chinese dialects, & the lexifier English. The paper adopts a holistic approach to creole genesis, in which substrate & superstrate influence is expressed in terms of parametric re-structuring constrained by principles of Universal Grammar. Surface-true substrate, superstrate, or novel features are exponents of this parametric re-structuring.
Source Title: Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
ISSN: 09209034
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