contact language

noun

: pidgin

Examples of contact language in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The creoles emerged from a first-contact language or pidgin resulting from the contact between the Portuguese colonizers and the slaves from the kingdom of Benin in Sao Tome. Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu, Quartz, 23 July 2021 Often, these situations require contact language that is not included within the standard real estate form agreement. Dallas News, 13 May 2021 That means the risk of a contact language disappearing is nearly double that for all languages. John Wenz, TheWeek, 20 Sep. 2020 And in Canada, some who identify as Métis — the descendants of First Nations people (primarily Cree) and French fur traders — are working to preserve Michif, a contact language that arose among the Métis that combines Cree and French. John Wenz, TheWeek, 20 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contact language was in 1950

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“Contact language.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact%20language. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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