A Pidgin Language

Written by Alex Levin


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pidgin is a grammatically simple language that develops as a result of intense interaction between speakers of two or more different languages when the speakers do not fully learn the language of each other but instead use vocabulary of the social elite/dominant group and the grammar of less prestigious but more frequently spoken languages. No one speaks pidgin as a native language.


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