Question about "Krio"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 27 09:18:52 UTC 2011

I've heard Sranan Tongo, Jamaican, Panamanian, and Tok Pisin spoken
natively. They struck me as being at least as foreign as Dutch and
German, which are also semi-understandable to a monolingual English

So, IMO, FWIW, I consider that Krio is foreign enough for thesis work.

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On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:25 AM, Bethany Dumas <bethany.dumas at> wrote:
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> Colleagues, an administrator at UT has sent me the question below. I need
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> [She begins her query with a quotation from Wikipedia:] Krio is an
> English-based
> creole<
> 3cabe&
> guages>similar
> in many respects to Nigerian
> Pidgin English<
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> English>and
> Cameroonian
> Pidgin English<
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> in_English>,
> but it has its own distinctive character. It is also similar to
> English-based creole languages spoken in the Americas, especially the Gulla=
> h
> language<
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> Jamaican Patois<
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> >(Jamaican
> Creole), and Belizean
> Creole<
> 3cabe&>.
> It also shares some linguistic similarities with non-English creoles, such
> as the French-based creole languages in the Caribbean.
> A student has asked to use this language as his foreign language. Â He hopes
> to get tested at an institution that teaches the dialect. Â Would you
> consider this a =93foreign=94 language?
> I just returned from Belize and listened to a lot of English Creole, and
> while I couldn=92t understand it very well, there were many phrases I easil=
> y
> picked up.
> What is your position?
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> Please advise.
> Thanks,
> Bethany
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