Pidgin and Creole Languages
Pidgin and creole languages are the linguistic results of the globalised economy that since the Medieval Ages has brought together people speaking many different languages in circumstances that have often been catastrophic. This presentation will look at how pidgin and creole languages tended to develop as a survival mechanism by people in enslaved and other colonial situations and how these have become the primary means of communication for millions of people around the world. The use of these languages in everyday life will be examined, using examples from Jamaican Patois, Papua New Guinea Tok Pisin and Rabaul Creole German. The study of pidgin and creole languages has implications for the concept of “native speaker” and for the need to define the idea of “target language” carefully when students go to areas with pidgin and creole languages.