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The field of contact linguistics emerged in the late 1880s when philologists like Hugo Schuchardt discovered that creole languages, as mixed languages, did not neatly fit in the linguistic genealogical tree that historical linguists had designed. The unique multilingual context of their emergence made a comparative study of creoles even more important. While there has been for the past decades numerous studies comparing linguistic features across creoles, there is to date, no database of naturalistically occurring creole speech data that would allow students and scholars alike to systematically compare and contrast naturalistic data across creole languages. This project proposes to fill this gap by designing a database of comparable data. The methods of data collection we use (subjects are asked to narrate a story by looking at a wordless picture book) will allow us to obtain the consistent and comparable type of data (in terms of lexicon and grammar) we seek to collect.