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About Some Old Creole Tenets: Losses, Forgetfulness, Disappearance, Reappeareance, Findings

Alessandro Costantini    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia     ORCID iD

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In the wide field of postcolonial studies, there exist related or similar areas whose stories are nevertheless very different, if not indeed opposed. This is the case of catechisms in Romance languages (or of Romance origin), outcomes of European colonization. In particular, contradictions between the history of catechisms from Hispanic-American colonization and the catechisms produced by French colonization, in America and elsewhere. The latter appear a century and a half after the Spanish texts, and exhibit completely distinct characteristics: different periods, settings, actors, and especially recipients. I set out to recount the often adventurous history of the oldest catechisms in the French colonies, or ex-colonies, of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Written in Creole or sometimes other indigenous languages, they are precious linguistic records. Compiled in the colonies, but not always published, these texts are often forgotten, lost, misplaced, resurfaced, discovered.

Keywords: Catechisms. French colonies. Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Creole languages.

Language: fr

Published: Sept. 1, 2015  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3034/AnnOc-49-15-4

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