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A simplified form of speech that is usually a mixture of two or more languages, has a rudimentary grammar and vocabulary, is used for communication between groups speaking different languages, and is not spoken as a first or native language. Also called contact language.

pidg′in·i·za′tion n.
pidg′in·ize′ v.


(ˌpɪdʒɪnaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Linguistics) the process when a language becomes made up of elements of two or more other languages and used for contacts, esp trading contacts, between the speakers of other languages
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Gonzo S e Saltarelli M (1983) Pidginization and Linguistic Change in Emigrant Languages.
169-186 in Pidginization and Creolization of Language, edited by D.
Table 2 Examples of idioms due to pidginization Idioms Literal meaning Idiomatic meaning Vb + Vb or V1 + V1 Kari Carry and come Loan form of the pidgin koomu--kari + koomu = English word 'carry carry come come' for: come in/pack.
Hegemony and the language of change: The pidginization of land tenure among the Managalase of Papua New Guinea.
1978 The Pidginization Process: A Model for Second Language Acquisition.
Pidginization and Creolization of Languages: Proceedings of a conference held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, April 1968, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1971.
Pidginization of Portuguese along the border settlements of Portuguese colonization and indigenous Brazilian areas; 3.
Some of the consequences of language contact include: language change, borrowing, interference, language mixing, language shift, language loss, code-switching, and pidginization and creolization.
5) Peter Mulhausler, Pidginization and simplification of languages, Canberra, The Australian National University Press, 1974, p.