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An Historical Perspective: Colonial Continuities in the Global Geography of Domestic Service

Higman, Barry


A specific language, which the author calls 'Pidgin Madam', has developed since the late seventies between Sri Lankan live-in housemaids in Lebanon, and their Arab employers. The study of Pidgin Madam can potentially enrich our understanding of the creation and nature of languages of dominance and subordination in domestic service. Whinnom in 1971 distinguishes language contact situations that produce pidgins from others that do not. Michele Gamburd has used the expression 'intimate outsider'...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Colonization and Domestic Service: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


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