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French Vs Creole in the Haitian Culture

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French Vs Creole in the Haitian Culture

The legitimacy of Haitian Creole has long been debated within the Creole-speaking population of the losing side. Considered little more than the bastard child of French and African languages, Creole came about when slaves, unable to communicate in one African Language, adopted and adapted the common French of their masters, retaining much of the grammar from their African tongues. Profession of linguistics at MIT Michel DeGraff asserts that, while the language is made up of approximately 90% French, its beginnings are the same as that of old languages like English and French.

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