Macanese

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A language of Macao

Alternate Names
Macaense, Macao Creole Portuguese, Makista, Patu√°
Population

50 in Macao (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 5,000 (Bradley 2007).

Location

Also in Hong Kong.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

A small number of older adult women in Macau use as L1 (1996). Ages 70 and older.

Other Comments

A creole that blends Portuguese [por] with Cantonese [yue] and Malay, plus traces of Hindi [hin], Japanese [jpn] and the languages of other stops on Portuguese trade routes during the past few centuries.

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