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Languages, Dialects, Pidgins and Creoles - Tasks

After reading the text, Languages, Dialects, Pidgins and Creoles, try the following tasks.


Are the following statements True (T) or False (F)? Correct the ones which are False.

  1. A dialect is spoken by more people than the standard language it is related to.
  2. A standard language is a conscious development by a society.
  3. A standard language is usually the variety spoken by the people in power.
  4. A dialect has more prestige.
  5. It can be easier to get some particular jobs if you speak with a non-standard accent.
  6. Pidgins have developed to help make communication easier between people who speak different languages.
  7. The grammar in pidgins is quite complicated.
  8. Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian languages had many similarities.
  9. A pidgin has to be the first language of three new generations before it is called a creole.
  10. Afrikaans is a pidgin language.
  11. Creoles can become more and more like the standard language.
  12. Geordie is a dialect spoken in Newcastle.


Try the interactive tasks.

  1. Fill in the correct word in the gaps in the text,
  2. Vocabulary Wild Cards


The text says that dialects have less prestige than the standard language. What is the standard language in Norway? Do you have an example of a Norwegian dialect having less prestige than standard Norwegian?


Project - Dialects, Creoles and Pidgins

Solution to Comprehension
  1. F
  2. T
  3. T
  4. F
  5. F
  6. T
  7. F
  8. T
  9. F
  10. F
  11. T
  12. T

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