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4) 18th century Sranan (Van den Berg 2003: 243) gakuman [stutter]V -person ‘stutter’ konkroman [trick]V -person ‘trickster’ koliman [cheat]V -person ‘a cheat’ A language may gain a new afﬁx either by borrowing, as in Berbice Dutch jε, through reanalysis of an old afﬁx(-like form), as in Jamaican Creole -iisha, or by converting free morphemes into bound forms through grammaticalization. The latter, which is generally believed to take a long time to develop is apparently what occurred with Sranan -man.
Among the few which exist must be mentioned Braun’s (2005) dissertation on word-formation in Early Sranan which devotes a whole chapter to the subject. In Haitian Creole, zero-derivation derives nouns and adjectives/ participles from verbs. g. g. g. bwòte ‘to move’)” (Lefebvre 2002: 44). For Papiamentu, Kouwenberg and Murray (1994) state that some monosyllabic verbs mostly of Dutch origin, but a few from English, undergo zero-derivation to Creole morphology revisited nouns (7). They explain that this particular pattern of zero-derivation usually creates instruments, instrumental end-products, events, and a remaining set with miscellaneous interpretations (Kouwenberg & Murray 1994: 24).
In the latter case, we are dealing with the modiﬁcation, under a variety of sources, of essentially the same substance over long periods of time. There are no discontinuities (though there may be catastrophic events of various types which change gross morphological features in some particularly salient way). By contrast, in the case of language change, we must confront the fact that there is, in a very real sense, a different object (a different grammar) with each new generation. The confusion exists because of a failure to distinguish between linguistic change– which we assume to be instantaneous – and the diffusion of that change to the rest of the speech community, which may take several centuries.