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Pidgin, Nigerian

A language of Nigeria

ISO 639-3pcm

Population  30,000,000 including L1 and L2 speakers.
Region  Southern states; northern states in Sabon Garis; coastal and urban areas.
Alternate names   Nigerian Creole English, Nigerian Pidgin English
Dialects  Lagos Pidgin, Delta Pidgin, Cross River Pidgin, Benin Pidgin. No unified standard. Dialects may be very different from each other. Partially intelligible with Krio [kri] of Sierra Leone and Cameroon Pidgin [wes].
Classification  Creole, English based, Atlantic, Krio
Language use  Trade language. Increasing in importance and use. A creole with native speakers, as well as used as a pidgin between Africans and Europeans, and Africans from different languages.
Language development  Poetry. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1957.