Fast Company: A New Dialect is Emerging in Miami, and it Hints at the Future of Spoken Language!

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English is full of borrowed words, but in Southern Florida, a new hybrid language is becoming part of the local parlance. According to recently published research, a new dialect IS taking shape.

They’re all over English vocabulary: pajamas from Hindi; gazelle from Arabic, via French; and tsunami from Japanese. Borrowed words usually come from the minds and mouths of bilingual speakers who end up moving between different cultures and places. This can happen when certain events—war, colonialism, political exile, immigration, and climate change—put speakers of different language groups into contact with one another. When the contact takes place over an extended period of time—decades, generations, or longer—the structures of the languages in question may begin to influence one another, and the speakers can begin to share each other’s vocabulary.

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