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August 07, 2006

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Hiya,

I noticed that you got your letter published in the NYT magazine--cool. And this particular story made me gag just a little, because there's a time-honored linguistic term for this type of utilitarian dialect: pidgin. I found that article to be context-free.

Becca--I too thought Globish was a pidgin language, but in fact it isn't. Pidgins are created out of a mixture of two or more languages and are learned as second languages; Globish is, by contrast, a stripped-down form of English immediately understandable to any English speaker.

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