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Derek Bickerton

Born: Mar 25, 1926

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Derek Bickerton

Date of Birth : Mar 25, 1926

Derek Bickerton is a linguist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Based on his work in creole languages in Guyana and Hawaii, he has proposed that the features of creole languages provide powerful insights into the development of language both by individuals and as a feature of the human species. He is the originator and main proponent of the language bioprogram hypothesis according to which the similarity of creoles is due to their being formed from a prior pidgin by children who all share a universal human innate grammar capacity. Bickerton also wrote several novels. He is the father of contemporary artist Ashley Bickerton.


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