A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d'Albuquerque's fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia's most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures. The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions. Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia's most vibrant cultures.
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Book Description Snp Reference, Singapore, 2004. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. One of the amazing after effects of Portuguese colonialism is that it left behind communities with Portuguese ancestors who continued to maintain their memories of Portuguese language and culture with little or no contact with the motherland. In Malaysia, the Portuguese Eurasian community was concentrated in Malacca. This book is a welcome effort to document the state of the language and culture today. Two native speakers of Papiah Kristang, as the language is called in Malaysia and Singapore, team up to provide not only a comprehensive dictionary with a pronunciation guide and the basics of grammar, but also cultural notes on names, cuisine, history and traditions. 256 pages. Weight 0.50 Kg. Postage within Malaysia is free. Bookseller Inventory # Ml1234