Definition of Neo-Melanesian in English:

Neo-Melanesian

noun

  • another term for Tok Pisin
    • ‘On German plantations and wherever individuals speaking different languages met, a pidgin language referred to as Neo-Melanesian or Melanesian Pidgin developed.’
    • ‘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].’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation:

Neo-Melanesian

/ˌnēōˌmeləˈnēZH(ə)n/