Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

April 2008

School

School of Communication

Major

TESL--Teacher Certification

Primary Subject Area

Language, Linguistics

Keywords

pidginization, Haitian-Creole, Creole, Tok-Pisin, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, life-cycle, creolization, decreolization, nature of contact, master-servant

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the sociolinguistic process of pidginization and to show how Haitian Creole of Haiti and Tok-Pisin of Papua New Guinea are living examples of this process. This will be accomplished in three ways: by giving a synopsis of both countries’ histories and thus showing how the nature of contact between the European and indigenous people both initiates and shapes the process of language creation and transformation; by examining the theoretical life-cycle of pidginization and some elements of simplification still evident in Haitian Creole and Tok-Pisin today; and by discussing the current status and usage of each language in its respective country, with emphasis on its use in the realm of education.

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