"Creole," in the general sense, is any language developed out of two or
more merging;  "a type of mixed language that develops when dominant
and subordinate groups that speak different languages have prolonged
contact. . . ."

Language has always been a "class thing," which is part of what I meant
by "unfortunate."

Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
This verbal class distinction by now should be antique.
If you spoke as she does Sir, instead of the way you do,
Why you might be selling flowers too.
                        .......Henry Higgins


Date sent:              Fri, 10 Jan 2003 12:00:51 EST
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From:                   Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:                Re: Screw grammar / Hypercorrection
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In a message dated 1/10/2003 10:35:52 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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>  The first
> generation of signers used a kind of creole, but their children
> automatically
> developed a complete and complex grammar.  That seems to be how
> language acquisition works.

Language has definitely become a "class" thing, as well.  For instance,
Parisian French is considered the highest form of "French," which very
much bothers the speakers of Canadian French. They are very sensitive
about this matter.  You mention Creole.  There are several Haitian
employees of a local supermarket in this area who speak Creole.  My
husband understands Creole but speaks to them in French, which they
understand.  When they converse with my husband, they use French, not
Creole, and are very careful with their words and accents, as they are
very aware that my husband speaks Parisian French.  Although I studied
French in school, I obtained much of my deeper knowledge of the language
through my husband.  Since he speaks Parisian French with that accent, I
though I must, as well, but no . . . my husband informs me that I speak
French just like an American.  Ha. Ha.