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Prototypical Pidgin

  • Definition: Pidgin that emerges rather abruptly in contact situations in which the contact is limited to particular social settings (such as trade). A prototypical pidgin has a reduced linguistic structure, but may evolve into an expanded pidgin.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

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