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Motivation in pidgin and creole genesis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics.
Number of Authors: 12019 (English)In: Language Dynamics and Change, ISSN 2210-5824, E-ISSN 2210-5832, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 238-264Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Almost all creolists see creole formation as a case of (failed) second language acquisition. I argue that there are good reasons to distinguish between second language acquisition and pidginisation/creolisation, and that little is gained by equating the two. While learners have an extant language as their target, pidginisers typically aim to communicate (in any which way) rather than to acquire a specific language. In this sense, pidginisation represents, if not conscious language change, at least conscious language creation.

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2019. Vol. 9, no 2, p. 238-264
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pidginisation, creolisation, second language acquisition, motivation
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-173197DOI: 10.1163/22105832-00902005ISI: 000481660200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-173197DiVA, id: diva2:1351846
Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved

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