Even nonlinguists may have heard of Derek Bickerton from a profile in the April 1992 issue of Discover highlighting his career and the controversies surrounding his ideas about language. In the world of linguistics, however, Bickerton is extremely well known as a creolist, a specialist who studies the hybrid forms of languages that develop when multilingual populations lack a common language yet still need to communicate on a daily basis. In a career spanning several decades, Bickerton has studied and written extensively about the nature and origins of these contact languages, called pidgins in their initial, simplest form ...
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