Raising critical language awareness in Hawai‘i at Da Pidgin Coup

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This chapter describes the efforts of Da Pidgin Coup, an advocacy group in Hawai&#8216;i that strives to raise critical language awareness about Pidgin (Hawai&#8216;i Creole). Several examples of advocacy for elevating the status of Pidgin in Hawai&#8216;i are described, including the development of an undergraduate certificate in pidgin, creole, and dialect studies at the university level and a resolution submitted to the Hawai&#8216;i State Legislature that requests funding for research on the use of Pidgin as a resource in education. Examples of activities that challenge negative views towards Pidgin are discussed in detail, such as a Pidgin grammar quiz that is used with educators and a task which provides Pidgin speakers with the opportunity to correct inaccurate Pidgin in popular literature. <b>Keywords:</b> Hawai&#8216;i Creole; language awareness; advocacy; community outreach


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