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Pidginization is a term used in linguistics to refer to the process of language creation in societies where speakers from widely different linguistic backgrounds have felt the need to communicate. Such a situation occurs, for example, when groups of people speaking different languages engage in trade. The outcome of pidginization is pidgin languages, which thus function as lingua francas.

How Pidgin Languages Develop

Pidgin languages are found in many places in the world, including North, South and Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe, where at some point or another, the need for a common language was experienced. Such need most notably arose within the context of the triangular trade initiated by Europeans for the purpose of forcibly removing millions of Africans from ...

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