chapter  13
The Linguistic and Sociolinguistic Position of Black English and the Issue of Bidialectalism in Education
ByJohn D. Roy
Pages 12

The linguistic and sociolinguistic factors that surrounded the importation of Africans as slaves are not paralleled in the immigration of other groups. The importation of peoples with different native languages and the grouping of them together in a social stratum structurally removed from English resulted in the formation of an emergency language-a West African English Pidgin.