Pidgin

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A language that is no one’s native language, but is used as an auxiliary or supplemental language between 2 or more mutually unintelligible speech communities
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However, a stress on Pidgin poetry in this study does not mean that it is only in poetry that the Pidgin language has been utilized.
It is important to acknowledge the fact that Holm does not stand alone in the initial crusade for (the recognition of) pidgin languages alongside other major types of languages, and specifically as encountered in Nigeria, i.
The previous statement could be regarded as a refined definition of forced grammaticalization, which covers the two groups of changes in Estonian and Finnish, as well as instances of abrupt grammaticalization in pidgin languages and local varieties of internationally used languages.
This process has been reflected in the development of a number of pidgin languages and the establishment of English and French as the dominant world languages in the Pacific.
But, they concede, that reliance faded over time as creoles replaced African slaves, biblical names replaced some African-based names, English displaced pidgin languages, and Christianity became dominant in the quarters.