Barikanchi Pidgin

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Native to Nigeria
Native speakers
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bxo
Glottolog bari1241[2]

Barikanchi (Barikanci), or Bastard Hausa,[3] is a pidgin of the Hausa language spoken in Nigeria,[4] principally in military barracks.[5] The language developed in the British Army barracks of northern Nigeria in the first part of the 20th century, and was used as a lingua franca among Nigerians of diverse language backgrounds.[6]

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  1. ^ Barikanchi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Barikanchi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Bede Osaji (1979). Language survey in Nigeria. Centre international de recherche sur le bilinguisme. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Cristiana Fiamingo (2000). L'Africa subsahariana: ambiente, storia, strutture di potere, lingue, popoli, religioni, cronologia, glossario. Edizioni Pendragon. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-88-8342-034-4. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Barbara F. Grimes; Joseph Evans Grimes; Summer Institute of Linguistics (1 November 2000). Ethnologue. SIL International. ISBN 978-1-55671-103-9. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Pidginization and Creolization of Languages. CUP Archive. pp. 518–. GGKEY:07X8JT2JN9L. Retrieved 17 September 2011.