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Variation in a Secret Creole Language of Panama

Michael Aceto
Language in Society
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp. 537-560
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4168649
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Variation in a Secret Creole Language of Panama
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Abstract

This article describes a secret language called "Gypsy" spoken in an English-derived creole speech community on the Caribbean island of Bastimentos in Panama. Data from this cryptolect are used as a means to examine language variation on the island. This article highlights the fact that a range of English-derived creole varieties exists in Bastimentos, lacking the effects of a lexically related metropolitan variety in the same geographical area.

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