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Query Subject:   Ogasawara (Bonin) Mixed Language Research
Author:   Frankie Johnson
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   I am a student that is working on a term paper which involves analyzing the features of either a pidgin, creole, or a mixed language. I would like to analyze the Ogasawara (Bonin) Mixed Language since its source languages are two languages that I have high competency in: American English and Japanese.

However, aside from Daniel Long (2007), I have yet to find anyone who has done extensive research on this language. I would like to see samples of this language so that I can look at how its linguistic features compare to other mixed languages that I have learned about such as Media Lengua and Michif. Any references or responses would be greatly appreciated.
LL Issue: 24.1091
Date posted: 04-Mar-2013


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