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Origin Theories

No single theory explains how C/P originate. May include some of the following but no one theory explains everything:

  1. Not Convergence through reduction to minimal linguistic universals (Hjelmslev)

  2. Not parallel evolution due to parallels in the relationship between superior and subordinate (Bloomfield et al.)

  3. Not African retentions.

  4. Not descent from one original (Portuguese) pidgin (Sabir, based on Provençal (?), used during Crusades in the Mediterranean).

  5. Baby Talk or Foreigner Talk

Harold Schiffman
Tue Mar 25 08:54:40 EST 1997