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

From:daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 9:39
David Peterson wrote:

> Another way to define a creole rather than > saying that someone speaks them natively (one can speak > a pidgin natively, after all) is to say that a creole is > the stage where a pidgin's grammar has become more or less > standardized, so that all or most of the speakers of the > creole either agree on or exhibit a certain set standard > of rules governing word order, pronouns, verb aspects/tenses, > etc. (This is my own definition which I came up with when > I did my final write-up on the pidgin experiment I ran last > semester.)
That's also the definition the creolists at my uni would go by (and I). Think of Tok Pisin for instance. ||| daniel -- |