Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
A world atlas of contact languages
Michaelis, Susanne; Haspelmath, Martin
SummaryA new comprehensive database on grammatical structures of 76 contact languages provides insight into the origin of these languages, which arose in colonial times, as well as into general laws of the creation of mixed languages. The original languages of the indigenous populations in the colonial areas can be recognized by the clear grammatical traces that they left.