Sociolinguistics


No Definite or Indefinite Article

  • Typically there is no definite or indefinite article (the or a)

(Where given, a click on the link will direct you to the relevant pidgin/creole text containing the examples presented here.)

  • E.g. Tok Pisin:

  • In Tok Pisin the simple noun can be interpreted as definite.

  • ol is sometimes used like a definite article in the plural:

Ol opisa bilong Melanesin Envairomen Faundesen
All officer belong Melanesian Environment Foundation
'The officers of the Melanesian Environment Foundation'

  • However, apart from this, there are no articles in Tok Pisin.

(Informationa taken and adapted from Sebba, 1997)