Pidgins to creoles to full blown languages
The good word HIGH-MUCK-A-MUCK has spawned a discussion about types of languages and their relationships with each other. LukeJavan8 suggested someone put a thread on Res Diversae on which we can continue this subject under a more descriptive name. This is my attempt to do so. Please read the comments under the good word Discussion of HIGH-MUCK-A-MUCK at
Then add your contributions here.
I first began my interest in linguistics when I was a masters’ degree candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. It is an excellent school. I recommend it. In its own way, Perry Lassiter, it rivals Baylor University, and it costs a lot less to attend. I have a granddaughter, BS from Baylor, who is getting her MS at UNT in English for the deaf and mentally challenged.
At UNT I struggled to learn German under the not so deft hands of an ancient German professor. The good Dr. H was far from incompetent. He had taught German for sixty years and he was tired of teaching it. Instead he taught basic linguistics under the guise of teaching four semesters of German. I learned a little German. Linguistics was a welcome diversion for me. The class also had a lot of fun watching young ladies with low cut dresses squirm when Dr. H, meandering up and down the aisles, stopped his meandering to gaze on a particularly pleasingly exposed cleavage. Dr H hated the French and their language. When he said a French word he would always spit on the floor and mutter, "bastard Latin!"
Dr. H dwelt long on what he called Aryanism and is now prosaically called PIE. We learned to count in numerous PIE languages and then worked on the etymologies of many words in PIE languages. Count from one to ten in a few PIE languages and, if you need help get it, count from one to ten in Mandarin Chinese. The reality of PIE will readily dawn upon you. Then we moved on to the development of languages where we learned about regional and cultural accents, dialects, creoles, patios, and pidgins.
I was a major in mathematics and paid my professional dues to systems engineering for almost thirty years. Alas, a stroke ended my remunerative career, and, after some recovery, I became a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Sometimes I would be paid, but mostly not. For a paying example, I spent several years in part time work teaching ESL to blind students. This was with the Texas government’s program for the blind and it paid handsomely.
So here I am. I am not an expert in linguistics as is Dr. Beard, but I am ready to discuss languages in general with the Alpha Agora tribe. By the way, knowing multiple languages helps in teaching ESL and in being a linguist, But we also serve who only stand and speak English (a spoof on Milton).
Let’s talk language creations and modifications.
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