TOK PISIN – A CONTEMPORARY PIDGIN (ON THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN PIDGINS/CREOLES AND BILINGUAL MIXED LANGUAGES)  Cover Image
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TOK PISIN – A CONTEMPORARY PIDGIN (ON THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN PIDGINS/CREOLES AND BILINGUAL MIXED LANGUAGES)
TOK PISIN – A CONTEMPORARY PIDGIN (ON THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN PIDGINS/CREOLES AND BILINGUAL MIXED LANGUAGES)

Author(s): Piotr P. Chruszczewski, Marcin Walczyński
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Editura Alma Mater
Keywords: Tok Pisin; contact linguistics; pidgins; creoles; bilingual mixed languages

Summary/Abstract: In the present paper, we discuss Tok Pisin – a language used in the region of the Pacific – from the perspective of contact linguistics. Firstly, we provide a linguistic characterisation of Tok Pisin. Then, we look at the division between pidgins/Creoles and bilingual mixed languages. Bilingual mixed languages, though they seem to be similar to pidgins/Creoles, differ quite significantly from them. In this paper, we try to define these differences between the two types of languages drawing on Tok Pisin as an example of pidgins/Creoles.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 15-24
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English