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Michel DeGraff :: Some Recent Publications
(also see updates on work in linguistics and education in Haiti)

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Three-minute award-winning video: Opening up education in Haiti
From Teaching and Learning Video Showcase organized by National Science Foundation, May 2015.

"Pou ki sa mwen te poze kandidati m pou mwen rantre kòm Akademisyen nan Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen an"
In Le Nouvelliste, October 28, 2014.

"The ecology of language evolution in Latin America: A Haitian postscript toward a postcolonial sequel"
In Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America, Salikoko Mufwene, ed., University of Chicago Press, 2014.

" Some notes on bare noun phrases in Haitian Creole and in Gunbe"
(with Enoch Aboh) In The Sociolinguistics of Grammar, Tor Afarli and Brit Maehlum, eds., 2014.

MIT-Haiti Initiative Uses Haitian Creole to Make Learning Truly Active, Constructive and Interactive.
In Educational Technolology Debate: Exploring ICT and Learning in Developing Countries, July 2013.

Men anpil, chay pa lou: An nou sèvi ak lang kreyòl la pou bonjan edikasyon ak rechèch ann Ayiti
In Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen: Ki pwoblèm? Ki avantaj? Ki defi? Ak kolòk entènasyonal sou Akademi Kreyòl Aysiyen an, 2013.

In Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Patrick Colm Hogan, ed., 2011.

"Baryè lang ann Ayiti: Kreyòl se lang peyi a; se pou sa fòk lekòl fèt an Kreyòl"
In Le Nouvelliste, August 30, 2010.

"Language barrier: Creole is the language of Haiti, and the education system needs to reflect that"
In Boston Globe, June 16, 2010.

"Language acquisition in creolization and, thus, language change: Some Cartesian-Uniformitarian boundary conditions"
Language and Linguistics Compass, 3/4, 2009.

"Creole exceptionalism and the (mis)education of the Creole speaker"
In The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness,
Jo Anne Kleifgen & George Bond, eds., Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2009.

"Haitian Creole"
In Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars, John Holm and Peter Patrick, eds., London: Battlebridge Publications (Westminster Creolistics Series, 7), 2007.

"Linguists' most dangerous myth. The fallacy of Creole Exceptionalism".
Language in Society, 34.4, 2005.

"Morphology and word order in 'creolization' and beyond".
In The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax, Guglielmo Cinque & Richard Kayne, eds., Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"Against Creole Exceptionalism (redux)" .
Language 80.4, 2004.

"Against Creole Exceptionalism" .
Language 79.2, 2003.

"Relexification: A reevaluation" .
Linguistic Anthropology 44.4, 2002.

"On the origin of Creoles: A Cartesian critique of Neo-Darwinian linguistics".
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Linguistic Typology 5.2/3, 2001.
[table of contents: html - pdf]

"Morphology in Creole genesis: Linguistics and ideology".
In Ken Hale: A Life in Language, Michael Kenstowicz, ed., MIT Press, 2001.

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"À propos des pronoms objets dans le créole d'Haïti. Regards croisés de la morphologie et de la diachronie".
Langages 138, 2000.

Language Creation and Language Change: Creolization, Diachrony and Development.
(Edited volume) MIT Press. 1999.

"Parameter-setting approaches to acquisition, creolization and diachrony".
In The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, Rob Wilson and Frank Keil, eds., MIT Press, 1999.
[lead paragraph and bibliography]

"Nominal Predication in Haitian and in Irish".
In Proceedings of the Sixteenth West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Curtis et al, eds., Center for the Study of Language & Information, Stanford CA, 1998.

"Verb syntax in creolization (and beyond)".
In The New Comparative Syntax, Liliane Haegeman, ed., Longman, 1997.

"UG [Universal Grammar] and Acquisition in Pidginization and Creolization".
Commentary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19.4, 1996.

"Creole languages and parameter setting: A case study using Haitian Creole and the pro-drop parameter".
In Creole Languages & Language Acquisition, Herman Wekker, ed., Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1996.

"On certain differences between Haitian and French predicative constructions".
In Contemporary Research in Romance Linguistics, Jon Amastae, Grant Goodall, Mario Montalbetti & Marianne Phinney eds., John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1995.

"To move or not to move? Placement of verbs and object pronouns in Haitian Creole and in French".
In Papers from the 30th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Beals et al, eds., 1994.
[A revised version appeared as "The morphology-syntax interface in creolization (and diachrony)". Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, 24.2, 1994.]

"Predicate-movement, quantification, events and properties".
In Focus & Natural Language Processing, V. 1, Intonation & Syntax. IBM Working Papers of the Institute for Logic and Linguistics, Peter Bosch & Rob van der Sandt, eds., Heidelberg, Germany, 1994.
[A revised version appeared in Niger-Congo Syntax & Semantics 6,Victor Manfredi & Karl Reynolds, eds., Boston, University African Studies Center, 1995]

"A riddle on negation in Haitian".
Probus 5.1/2, 1993.

"Why is my old friend not old?" (with Deborah Mandelbaum).
In Papers from the 29th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Beals et al, eds., 1993.

"Is Haitian Creole a pro-drop language?"
In Atlantic Meets Pacific: A Global View of Pidginization and Creolization. Francis Byrne & John Holm, eds., John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1993.

"The syntax of predication in Haitian".
In Proceedings of the 22nd Meeting of the North-Eastern Linguistics Society. GLSA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1992