Pidgins and Creoles

BBC releases West African Pidgin Site

In October 2018, the BBC expanded their news site to support West African Pidgin spoken in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. This expansion indicates that the large news source recognizes the multilingualism of their audience base and that the news that be more accessible.

Posted by Michaella Joseph on October 4, 2018

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Nigerian Pidgin English;
Pidgins and Creoles;
Multilingualism

Singlish confirm can make it one: Singaporean dialect is here to stay

Singlish is an English-based creole language spoken in Singapore consisting of a mixture of English, Malay, Tamil, and Chinese dialects that is often considered having a lower prestige compared to standard English. However, this article also describes how Singlish has gained acceptance by indexing national identity and for its ability to unite the multilingual communities within the country.

Posted by Gwen Liu on June 30, 2018

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Singlish;
Pidgins and Creoles;
Multilingualism

Creation of the World

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This video is about a woman from Sugu Valley, Papua New Guinea, tells the story “Creation of the World” in Tok Pisin, which is a Creole language based on English. Her description is very simple with many words being repeated. Her pronunciation is special different from Standard English. But those who can understand English can understand her general meaning. The Creole helps people achieve the purpose of communication.

Posted by Xingrui Zhang on June 29, 2018

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Pidgins and Creoles

The BBC in pidgin? People like it well-well

The BBC World Service now distributes its news in West African Pidgin English, spoken by some 75 million people. [Published on 12-30-2017]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 30, 2017

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Pidgins and Creoles

Sranantongo-English Interactive Library

Very cool and interactive website I stumbled upon while doing research for a paper on Sranan (Surinamese creole).

Posted by Maren Bilby on December 2, 2016

Tags:
Guyanese Creole;
Pidgins and Creoles

A Remote Amazonian tribe could fundamentally change our understanding of language

This article talks about the recent discovery of the language of a remote tribe in the Amazon that may be drastically different from any other known languages. A researcher from MIT teamed up with one of the few non-native Piraha speakers in the world to try to analyze the differences. This research may change our understanding of how language works and how it developed.

Creoles

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This short video gives a great background of how far language can come from something as simple as a few words that are understood between a small group. It shows how creoles get created through pidgins.

Posted by Ryan Klaus on March 10, 2016

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Pidgins and Creoles

Nigerian Opera Sung in Pidgin English

An article describing an opera written and sung by a speaker of Nigerian Pidgin English. [Published on 08-14-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on September 1, 2015

Tags:
Nigerian Pidgin English;
Pidgins and Creoles