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Re: 1690 pirate?
<<On Tue, 25 Sep 2001 23:44:22 -0400 (EDT), Sven Franklyn Weil <email@example.com> said:
> On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, Garrett Wollman wrote:
>> Actually, it's a creole. (From the French word meaning ``native''.)
> Don't they also call it "patois" (pa-twah)?
Patois is a different concept; technically, it's French for
``dialect''. (A quick Google search found me /le patois de la vallee
de la bruche/, /le patois ardennais/, /le patois savoyard/, /le patois
de l'Ile d'Oleron/, and so on). There is a connotation of spoken,
informal language, as distinct from formal written French.
Inexplicably, the term is also used for a Jamaican English-based