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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 30. Aren't Pidgins and Creoles Just Bad English?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38150


A pidgin is a language formed among people who share no native language and are forced to communicate using elements of one that none of them speaks well. The new languages, spoken natively by the next generation in the family, are called creole languages by linguists.

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  • John Lipski ( - jlipski) 'The Pennsylvania State University'