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Mintz, Sidney W. 1971. The socio-historical background to pidginization and creolization. In Hymes, Dell H., ed. Pidginization and creolization of languages. Cambridge University Press. pp. 481–496.
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With special reference to the Caribbean region, M. suggests three socio-historical background conditions affecting the ways that creole languages arose and took shape: the relative proportions of Africans, Europeans and other groups; the codes of interaction governing statuses and relationships in these groups; the specific sorts of community settings.