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Difference between dialect levelling and pidgin formation?

In the process of dialect levelling, the grammatical system of the dialects (tense, nominal case systems, other complex features) usually stays intact. The dialects undergoing dialect levelling are ...
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Could have inflected Proto-Slavic really 'been created' as a lingua franca among some Slavs and many agglutinative, Turkic languages-speaking peoples?

Curta’s hypothesis sounds a little far-fetched but there’s a more plausible theory that a form of Slavic spread very rapidly — maybe with the Avars — across the Balkans, effectively smoothing out much ...
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Could have inflected Proto-Slavic really 'been created' as a lingua franca among some Slavs and many agglutinative, Turkic languages-speaking peoples?

I would love someone else to answer this more fully, but one thing I would like to point out is the assumption in this question that more inflection implies greater complexity in language. The reality ...
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Are there tribes speaking Indonesian?

Indonesian being the official language of Indonesia, it is widely spoken, so wherever you are you'd stand a better chance at being understood if you speak Indonesian than if you speak Batak. There is ...
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Hungarian and Slovak language border pidgin

I cannot say about those regions of Slovakia specifically, but in other areas which after Trianon became part of other states there are no Hungarian-based pidgins. In Vojvodina, Transylvania, Banat ...
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Could have inflected Proto-Slavic really 'been created' as a lingua franca among some Slavs and many agglutinative, Turkic languages-speaking peoples?

I'm late to the party, but anyway: I think you're somewhat misunderstanding/ misrepresenting his proposal. As I understand it, his idea is that a precursor of Slavic was already spoken, though mostly ...
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How do Pidgins express/teach/learn "abstract" nouns?

I don't think child language acquisition is all that far off what you should be after. The main problem is that you're asking an essentially un-researchable question. Step one would be to identify a ...
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What category does "broken English" fall into?

The only case that I know of where "broken English" is a pidgin is Nigerian or Cameroonian Pidgin, which is called "Broken" by some. Otherwise, it is simply English as a second ...
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Are there examples of pidgins or creoles in sign languages? If so, which are the major ones?

From North America, Plains Sign Language is what Wikipedia describes as "formerly a trade pidgin". This language replaced another one called Plateau Sign Language which is described as a &...
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