Comparisons between Pidgins and ‘Unish’

Eun-Joo Kwak 1
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1Sejong University

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In this paper, I review major linguistic features of pidgins and com- pare them with those of a new artificial language named ‘Unish’. I will show that although Unish is a constructed language, it is easy and natural by modeling pidgins. Furthermore, I argue that Unish is a proper form of language to carry the role of universal language in the globalization era.

Keywords: pidgins; artificial language; lexicon; linguistic features



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