One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for Tok Pisin
- ‘As it turns out, dozens of other languages resemble Neo-Melanesian and Indonesian in structure.’
- ‘Black English was carried around the Cape to the Indian Ocean and beyond and helped set the pattern for a further chain of oriental English [China coast pidgin and Neo-Melanesian are examples].’
- ‘On German plantations and wherever individuals speaking different languages met, a pidgin language referred to as Neo-Melanesian or Melanesian Pidgin developed.’
- ‘I am still not fluent in Sambia; and even in recent work I have had to rely on translators who speak Neo-Melanesian, since I can usually ‘hear’ but not ask or answer complex questions.’
- ‘This dizzying array has brought about the need for a lingua franca, and Pidgin (or Neo-Melanesian) has gained in importance and prestige in recent years and is great fun to learn.’
- ‘Jared Diamond has spent months in Papua New Guinea, speaking Neo-Melanesian.’
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