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In this site, you will find:

Welcome to the Language Varieties Web Site!!

This site is about varieties of language that differ from the standard variety that is normally used in the media and taught in the schools. These include pidgins, creoles, regional dialects, minority dialects and indigenized varieties.

Many people think that these varieties are just incorrect ways of speaking, but they're not; they're just different! These varieties have their own ways of pronouncing words, their own special vocabulary and even their own grammatical rules.

For example, in American English, you can say, "She's gotten better." But in British English you'd say, "She's got better."

People don't think one way is right and one way is wrong - just that they're different. It's the same with the language varieties described in this site.

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Click on any of the locations on the map below to find out more about a language variety spoken there.

(Or click on the name of the variety below the map.)

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Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao: Papiamentu
Aboriginal English
Cameroon: Kamtok (Cameroon Pidgin English)
England: Newcastle upon Tyne dialect ("Geordie")
Hawai‘i: Hawai'i Creole ("Pidgin")
Nigeria: Naijá (Nigerian Pidgin)
Papua New Guinea: Tok Pisin
Sierra Leone: Krio
Singapore: Singapore Colloquial English ("Singlish")
Trinidad: Trinidad French Creole
U.S.A. (mainland): African American English ("Ebonics")
Vanuatu: Bislama



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You also can hear what some of the varieties sound like!
To do so, click on the name the variety below.
(But beware: it make take a while to download!)

Last updated on
June 12, 2012

Contact: Jeff Siegel <jsiegel at>