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Are pidgins natlangs? (was Re: Telona Grammar, part 2)

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 7:03
On 12 Feb 02, at 8:14, Jim Grossmann wrote:

> One nitpick: techically, are pidgins natlangs? I've heard that > they're contrived by definition, although they take their lexicons > from natlangs, and often serve as the ancestors of natlangs (namely > creoles) in the space of a generation.
I suppose I would consider them auxlangs -- initially, they're an auxiliary language, aiding comprehension between speakers of different languages, and initially they're no-one's first language. And they become natlangs when someone speaks them natively (as a creole), I guess. Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>