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Language change is a crucial and often unavoidable aspect of spoken language. The process of language creolization1 that occurred in the European colonies of the Caribbean is a prime example. Throughout history, language contact and evolution have in some way affected most spoken languages; the linguistic changes they underwent through contact with several different groups resulted in the creation of several new languages. In the Americas, though, vastly different ethnic groups were brought together from across to world and the New World, resulting in languages influenced by European, African, and Amerindian2 languages, among others. Contact between several different peoples and languages came about as a result of the socio-political and economic actions of a number of European colonizing groups. These socio-political and economic factors had a direct influence on how these creolized languages were formed, and continue to do so today, particularly on how they are used and preserved


Department of Modern Languages

Kenya C. Dworkin y Mendez, advisor