On the origins of locative for in West African Pidgin English: A componential approach
AbstractThis paper discusses possible origins of locative for in West African Pidgin Englishes. The development of for is framed componentially, that is, in terms of deriving its constructional meaning from different components that sustained linguistic and cultural contact along the Upper and Lower Guinea Coasts during the Early Modern Period (1500-1800) among West African, Portuguese, Afro-Portuguese, British and Afro-British populations and the sailing populations of both official naval vessels of the British and Portuguese Empires and privateering ships.
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