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Daniel Seriff wrote:
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> Can someone give me a definition of creoles and pidgins, and the
> differences between the two?

There are actually several, related, definitions used by different
linguists.  My preferred definition is also the simplest.  A pidgin is
used solely as an auxiliary language, with no native speakers, while a
creole has native speakers.  Others define creole as simply a
more-well-developed contact language, and therefore, has no absolute
difference.

Also, used by some linguists is "Creoloid", for languages such as
English which were never *actually* creoles, but nevertheless did have
major external influences changing its structure.

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speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue
hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." --
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