Published May 24, 2018
This video was recorded in the Guishan district of Taoyuan City, Taiwan where Teddy Nee met Priscilla, a native speaker. Born as an English pidgin used for trade in New Guinea, Tok Pisin is a creole language spoken by 50,000 monolingual speakers and over four million second language speakers. It is one of three official languages of Papua New Guinea alongside English and Hiri Motu. Tok Pisin is the language of choice in speeches and reports of the National Parliament, and was officially recognized as a language in Papua New Guinea's constitution when declaring itself an independent state in 1975. Its grammar is influenced in some aspects by surrounding Austronesian languages, and in others by English. Tok Pisin lacks certain tense and plural markers (like 'ing' and 's') that English employs. Whereas English has ninety single-word prepositions, Tok Pisin has only two. On the other hand, Tok Pisin abounds in its own complexities of grammar, such as predicate marker "i" and four separate second-person pronouns (single 'yu', dual 'yutupela', trial 'yutripela', and plural 'yupela') to English's one ('you').