Publication details [#64134]

Operstein, Natalie. 2018. Lingua Franca between pidginization and koineization. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 33 (2) : 307–361.
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John Benjamins
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Published literature on Lingua Franca contains divergent views regarding its place in the taxonomy of contact language types. While this language is traditionally regarded as a pidgin, some scholars consider it more accurate to view it as a koine. This paper shows that Lingua Franca exhibits features that are consistent with both pidginization and koineization, and proposes to view it as located on the pidgin/koine continuum.