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Critical Thinking Assignment Taylor Lux University of Northern Iowa
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1 -Lux- Hawaiian creole or pidgin is a controversial way of speaking within the Hawaiian Islands. Pidgin is a mixture of the many languages introduced by immigrants working on plantations. Historically it has been regarded as bad English rather than cultural speech which has set limitations for the people who speak it. Similar to pidgin, African American English (AAE) is a speech condemned by “proper” English speaking people. This condemning, stems from white supremacy that was prevalent which further changed AAE. The reasons behind condemning these languages are similar but still have different reasons. Pidgin is a mixture of languages from immigrants that include Cantonese, Portuguese, Filipino, Japanese, English, etc. Their languages intermixed when they were trying to communicate while working on the plantations. After the introduction of mainlanders or haoles, they were enforcing proper English as pidgin was considered improper. Those who spoke pidgin were regarded as uneducated or illiterate. Schooling changed and focused on the children who could speak proper English. The children who could not speak proper English and pass the test did not get into the school. This segregated the community with more rural people speaking pidgin and others being taught proper English. This furthered into the working community which preferred proper English-speaking people over those who just spoke pidgin. Although pidgin has been condemned there are still people who defend it and speak it today. They say it is a vital part
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