- From Papiamentu papia, talk, probably from Portuguese papaguear, papear, to chatter, from papagaio, parrot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I also loved that English is widely spoken in addition to Dutch, Spanish and your local Creole dialect, Papiamentu -- that mixes Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, English and West African.”
“If Curaçao had a soundtrack it would be Papiamentu, the island's Creole language, said to be a hybrid of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English and West African dialects.”
“While English and French Creoles get more attention, the extension of Papiamentu into different domains like writing, education and policy is incredibly high," said Bart Jacobs, a”
“Now the novel is being translated into Papiamentu by Lucille Berry-Haseth, a Curaçaoan poet.”
“Most of Curaçao's newspapers publish in Papiamentu.”
“Of 30 or so radio stations here, nearly all broadcast in Papiamentu.”
“Papiamentu evolved from a Portuguese-based lingua franca once used in West Africa, developing further in the 17th century when Curaçao was an entrepôt for South America's slave trade and a cosmopolitan Dutch outpost settled in part by Portuguese - and Spanish-speaking Jews.”
“Papiamentu, a Creole language influenced over the centuries by African slaves, Sephardic merchants and Dutch colonists, is now spoken by only about 250,000 people on the islands of”
“Transforming status quo into law, officials here recognized Papiamentu as an official language in 2007, with Dutch and English.”
“Bookstores sell novels and poetry collections in Papiamentu.”
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