To study a group, you need both inside and outside perspectives [...]

> What do native speakers contribute to a discourse about their own language? They are the only people who can provide an insider’s perspective that is very different from those who have grown up with dominant English or other languages[…] Non-native speakers of Pidgin can provide a supplementary discourse about Pidgin that helps to keep things honest. That is, the inner discourse needs to bounce off of something. Insiders asking questions about outsiders research and vice versa, helps us to see that we often have blinders on[…]There is always a need for several different discourses.

Kent Sakoda of the Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies

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