Nigerian Pidgin

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Nigerian Pidgin

  1. An English-based creole of Nigeria, combining vocabulary and grammar from the English language as well as various indigenous Nigerian languages.

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Despite the literal meaning of the word pidgin, the language is instead considered by linguists to be a well developed creole, because a creole is the native language of a group of people, whereas a pidgin has no native speakers, and is a blended, ad-hoc trade language used when two groups of people have no other common language to communicate. Creoles develop from pidgins, and this language is no longer in the pidgin stage.

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