Origin of Beach-la-Mar
alteration of bêche-de-mer a well-known trade item in the region where this type of pidgin is spoken
[nee-oh-mel-uh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n]
- a pidgin language based on English and spoken in Melanesia, New Guinea, and NE Australia.
Origin of Neo-Melanesian
First recorded in 1960–65
Also called Beach-la-mar, bêche-de-mer.
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- an English-based creole language spoken in Vanuatu and Fiji, and formerly much more widespreadAlso called: Biche-la-mar
C19: quasi-French, from bêche-de-mer (trepang, this being a major trading commodity in the SW Pacific; hence the name was applied to the trading language)
- an English-based creole language widely spoken in the SW Pacific, with borrowings from other languages, esp MotuAlso called: Beach-la-Mar
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