Is French a Creole Language?

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2014

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Boudreaux, Ivan

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Creoles are a unique clan of languages. Slaveholders needed a way to communicate with their slaves and vice-versa. In order to do this, a pidgin language developed in which only the bare essential of a language is used to communicate. Later, when the pidgin language develops native speakers, it is known as a creole. Creole languages have generally agreed upon structures that set them apart from other languages. Given these facts, I analyze similar grammatical structures and functions of French and Haitian Creole. I ultimately contend that French is not a creole language based on comparing its verbal morphology to that of Haitian Creole.

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Creole., linguistics, language, pidgin, Haitian Creole verb morphology

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