A Dictionary of Kristang (Malacca Creole Portuguese)-English (Pacific Linguistics, 564)

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9780858835528: A Dictionary of Kristang (Malacca Creole Portuguese)-English (Pacific Linguistics, 564)
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Kristang, or Papiah Kristang, is spoken by a small community in the Hilir suburb of Malacca, West Malaysia, and by descendants of the Malacca community elsewhere in Malaysia and in Singapore. Its origins reach back to Portugal's colonial endeavours of the sixteeth century, and its strong cultural traditions and capacity to assimilate outsiders have helped it survive through the centuries. Contrary to what has sometimes been claimed by lay authors, Kristang is not sixteenth-century Portuguese. Rather, it is a Creole language, a language born of the contacts between speakers of Portuguese and speakers of local and other languages. This dictionary of Kristang (Malacca Creole Portuguese) is the most exhaustive dictionary of the language yet published.

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