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Language Contact

Language Contact

  • The Emergence of Hybrid Grammars: Pidgins, Creoles, and Beyond

    Enoch Aboh

    Children are extremely gifted in acquiring their native languages, but languages nevertheless change over time. Why does this paradox exist? In this course, we address this question by studying pidgin and creole languages. More precisely, we examine how, in a situation of contact, syntactic and semantic features of different language types or varieties may recombine into a new emergent linguistic system.

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