English-Based Creoles: The History, Formation, And Usage Of Miskito Coast Creole And Gullah
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The History, Formation, and Usage of Miskito Coast Creole and Gullah identify similarities, differences, usage, and history among two English-based Creoles in North and Central America. During an excursion to Nicaragua in April of 2014, the writer experienced many cultural and linguistic differences. Eager to learn about the language and culture of Nicaragua, the writer attended many events to familiarize herself with life in Central America. J.L. Dillard, Lorenzo D. Turner, and Derek Bickerton are American linguist that have studied languages ranging from Black English to Creole. Throughout their studies, they often found characteristics that represent what some call “Broken English”. While identifying that both languages have influences from other authentic languages such as Spanish and West African Pidgin English, the researcher determined that while each of these languages are English-based, that does not mean they both have the same characteristics in Syntax and Phonology.