pigeon English


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pigeon English:

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, a lingua franca that is not the mother tongue of anyone using it and that has a simplified grammar and a restricted, often polyglot vocabulary. The earliest documented pidgin is the Lingua Franca (or Sabir) that developed among merchants and traders in the Mediterranean
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For a second some viewers thought they'd stumbled upon one of those late night Open University programmes when funny sounding foreigners speak in pigeon English.
I can speak 19 languages, from pigeon English to Manadarin duck, which helps when I am travelling.
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Alongside McGuinness, there are three other first-time novelists, one of which is Stephen Kelman, whose debut novel, Pigeon English, draws on the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor.
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Perhaps it took the piecemeal, pigeon English of a foreign coach to cut to the chase.