Just been listening to a fascinating piece on Radio 4 about India and China competing against each other in a new ‘scramble for Africa.’ Someone said the Chinese involvement included lots of unskilled Chinese migrant workers living in their own parts of town, doing menial jobs – and speaking no English.
Which obviously made me long to know about the new pidgins that must be developing right now. Is anyone doing any work on this? What happens to the tonal systems when, say, Bantu speakers come in contact with a SE Asian tone language? Wouldn’t that be a cool phd topic for someone?