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1. Definitions and generalities

Pidginization is, strictly speaking, simply the process whereby a pidgin is brought about. Its definition hinges, therefore, upon a previous delimitation of the concept of pidgin. According to Holm (2000:5), a pidgin is “a reduced language that results from extended contact between groups of people with no language in common”. Generally, but not always, the groups in cont…

Cite this page
Mauro Tosco, “Pidginization”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 20 April 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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