ausila (ausila) wrote in linguaphiles,

I just had an interesting idea for a study in language formation. You isolate a group of 10 monoglots whose native languages do not have a common ancestor (i.e. are not from the same language family). The  object is to see if and how they would find  a means to communicate with each other, as well as what forms that language would take.

I wonder if that's already been done with verbal language. I bet what would happen is the most assertive individual would impose their language on the other subjects, rather than the group creating a pidgin from the 10 source inventories. I know Nicaraguan sign language is an interesting example of something similar, but I'm mostly interesting in verbal language.

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