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4) Explain how languages are born. Identify the different ways languages are created (aldy, Simon)


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Post  natacha on Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:35 am

I can explain how languages are created, but not the types, sorry.

When two or more languages are in contact, usually because of an invasion, a pidgin is created in order to comminicate with each other. The pidgin is a very simplified language, often composed of only simple words and verbs used to communicate. When the pidgin is created, the languages that were in contact in the first place die, only the pidgin survive and is used. With time, the pidgin will become what we call a creole. A creole happens when the children of those who created the pidgin used it as a mother tongue. Also, with time, grammatical features such as morphology, syntax and so on is added to the creole, so it becomes more and more complex. At one point, a creole can become a language. It occurs when the creole becomes an official language.

So, this is how languages are created, by contacts with other languages.

Ps: Look at question number 5 for mor informations on what a pidgin and a creole is.


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