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Pidgin & Creole Languages

I stumbled on Suzanne Romaine’s work Pidgin & Creole Languages quite by accident in a second-hand bookstore, and was immediately intrigued. I have a continuing interest in languages, especially how they work, how they differ and how they don’t differ, and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

It is a rather academic book (it was probably written as a textbook), so I wouldn’t recommend it to those not specifically interested in the content. I found it absolutely fascinating, however, and feel it has added considerably to my knowledge of linguistics. The focus on pidgins and creoles is also particularly interesting, both because they represent languages at their most dynamic and fundamental, and also on a more personal level due to the potentially creole origins of Afrikaans (a topic discussed in the book).

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