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ERIC Number: EJ877776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Kent Sakoda Discusses Pidgin Grammar
Sakoda, Kent; Tamura, Eileen H.
Educational Perspectives, v41 n1-2 p40-43 2008
For a number of years, Kent Sakoda has been teaching at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in the Department of Second Language Studies. His course, "Pidgin and Creole English in Hawai'i," is popular among students on campus. He has also taught at Hawai'i Pacific University. Because of his expertise on the grammar of Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole), Sakoda is a frequently-invited guest speaker. Sakoda was born in Hanapepe, Kaua'i, and grew up there in the 1950s and 60s. His parents owned a garage repair shop, where they spent most of their waking hours. Sakoda recalls his youth as an idyllic time. Everyone in this small rural community knew each other and helped each other out. He and his friends spent many hours playing in the town's park, swimming in the nearby stream, and frequenting one or the other of the town's two movie theaters. They attended 'Ele'ele School, situated on a hillside overlooking Hanapepe. Sakoda's family lived right below the hill. Sakoda remembers the school having a courtyard and large wooden buildings with lots of greenery surrounding it. His classmates were Japanese American, Filipino American, and Native Hawaiian. Like many Japanese American children of his time, he also attended Japanese language school. And like the other youth growing up in Hanapepe, his first language was Pidgin or Hawai'i Creole. After graduating from the eighth grade at 'Ele'ele, he attended Waimea High. In this interview, Sakoda talks about his introduction to Pidgin as a subject of study and then discusses some of the basic features of Pidgin grammar. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii