AFP 142 – Pidgins and Creoles with Amarinder Grewal

 Today's episode is all about Pidgin and Creole languages with enthusiast Amarinder from the US. 

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Show Notes and Links

In this episode:

  • What is a Pidgin/Creole?
  • How are they created?
  • Haitian Creole = is it a Creole?
  • The Russian/Chinese Creole
  • Is it likely a creole will happen again, now that the world is so connected?
  • Suggestions for further study

The Atlas of Pidigin and Creole Language Structures Online:

The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages:

Speaking Michif in Four Metis Communicates:

Linguistic Society of America: “How man languages are there in the world?”: 

Français Tirailleur Pidgin — a corpus study:

“Modeling the Emergence of Contact Languages” :

“French and underdevelopment, Haitian Creole and development”:

“The Post-Creole Continuum”:

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Thanks to this week's guest, Amarinder Grewal! 

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