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[mass noun] A variety of English used between indigenous peoples and settlers in Australia, particularly in the nineteenth century:‘Melanesian Pidgin and Australian Pidgin shared a number of features’
- ‘This has given way to an increased use of Australian Pidgin, with the Aboriginal language gradually falling into disuse.’
- ‘This was one of the local varieties of the general Australian Pidgin (AP) that developed out of New South Wales Pidgin.’
- ‘Numerous Australian pidgin words are finding their way into white Australian speech.’
- ‘The interest in Australian pidgin and creole languages went into a lull in the 1990s.’
- ‘This is similar to the use of /bin/ as past for 'be' and also as a past-tense auxiliary in Australian Pidgin.’
- ‘I was speaking Australian Pidgin, because my formality tends to crumble under the pressure.’
- ‘Australian pidgin had far-reaching influence on pidgin languages, even further afield in the Pacific region.’
- ‘A list of Australian Pidgin words and phrases follows.’
- ‘English was used exclusively, with the now largely extinct Australian pidgin (which is different from New Guinea pidgin) as a crutch in earlier days.’
- ‘The article explores the possible influence of Australian pidgin on Melanesian Pidgin.’
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