S J Gould and grammar

Carrol Cox cbcox at SPAMilstu.edu
Thu Dec 23 14:13:12 MST 1999



"James M. Blaut" wrote:

> Where is it writ that creole/pidgin languages don't have grammars? This is
> wrong.

Correct as far as I know. But why so laconic, Jim? We are lacking in
linguistic knowledge on this list. Fill us in. I think part of the problem
may be confusion over just what "a grammar" is anyhow. A language,
someone once remarked, is a dialect with an army. I suppose one
could also say that a language is a pidgin with an army.

Carrol











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