The Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (APiCS)

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The Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures (APiCS) project (2006-2013) is now close to completion!

Oxford University Press has announced that it appear in September 2013.

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APiCS has been gathering comparable synchronic data on the grammatical and lexical structures of a large number of pidgin and creole languages. It will consist of four volumes and as an electronic database: In the Atlas volume, the data will be presented in the form of maps. The three Survey volumes will contain sociohistorical and grammatical surveys of each language. The data will also be made available as an interactive electronic database on the web (APiCS Online, http://apics-online.info).

The project covers 76 pidgin and creole languages. The language set contains not only the most widely studied Atlantic and Indian Ocean creoles, but also less well known pidgins and creoles from Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Melanesia and Australia, including some extinct varieties, and several mixed languages.

APiCS is edited by Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber

More information can be found here.

This website also contains information for contributors.


This map shows the locations where the pidgins and creole languages covered by the APiCS project are spoken.

Where languages covered by the APiCS project are spoken

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