Da Kine Talk: From Pidgin to Standard English in Hawaii

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  • Hawaii is without parallel as a crossroads where languages of East and West have met and interacted. The varieties of English (including neo-pidgin) heard in the Islands today attest to this linguistic and cultural encounter.

    “Da kine talk” is the Island term for the most popular of the colorful dialectal forms–speech that captures the flavor of Hawaii's multiracial community and reflects the successes (and failures) of immigrants from both East and West in learning to communicate in English.

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