Contact language (created by contact)

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In contact linguistics, the term contact language is sometimes used to refer generically to languages whose genesis was significantly influenced by language contact, i.e. pidgins, creoles, and other kinds of mixed languages.


The term contact language is also sometimes used simply for a language that has been in contact with another language; see contact language (i.e. language in contact).


  • Sebba, Mark. 1997. Contact Languages: Pidgins and Creoles. MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-63024-6.
  • Thomason, Sarah G. (ed.) 1997. Contact languages: a wider perspective. Amsterdam: Benjamins.