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Grimshaw, Allen D. 1971. Some social forces and some social functions of pidgin and creole languages. In Hymes, Dell H., ed. Pidginization and creolization of languages. Cambridge University Press. pp. 427–445.
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G. discusses some possible sociological perspectives on language, some social sources of pidgin and creole languages (including a taxonomy of social variables influencing language outcomes in contact situations), some social functions of these languages (including their importance on both micro- and macro-societal levels), and proposals for research design and methods.