Nouchi, an emerging contact language spoken in Côte d'Ivoire, has become the language of Ivoirian identity and is spreading rapidly. There has been very little work on the linguistic properties of the language, and this paper is a step towards filling that gap. Here I give a background of the language and describe many of Nouchi's morphological properties. Some of these morphological features are adopted from French, others from Ivoirian languages, and still others are original to Nouchi. I argue that despite its previous treatment in the literature as a slang or a dialect of Ivoirian French, Nouchi is a distinct language and should be treated as such.
Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
edited by Ruth Kramer, Elizabeth C. Zsiga, and One Tlale Boyer
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