Language Wednesday Dec 5

Language Wednesday Dec 5 - Language birth Languages have...

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Language birth - Languages have been dying rapidly, but not being “born” at the same rate - How are new languages created & why should we care? - Pidgins and creoles - Signed language - University of language 1. Pidgins are simplified languages that are used for communication across different language groups a. Used (Initially) for business b. Simplified grammar c. Lexicon mostly from one language, morpho-syntax from another 2. Creoles are created when children are raised speaking a pidgin and no other language a. Has native speakers b. Full grammar… fully systematic grammar system Social Context of pidgins Situations of extreme power differential 1. A powerful group speaks one language that the powerless group does not have access to 2. A powerless group speaks multiple languages and is thus unable to maintain a single heritage language The super-stratum is the language of the powerful group (usually European languages
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2008 for the course LING 1000 taught by Professor Zimman,lal during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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