A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Rabaul Creole German

100. 15 in New Britain, a few scattered in Papua New Guinea; the rest southeast Queensland, Australia (1981 C. Volker).


East New Britain Province, Rabaul.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Language Use

Descendant of pidginized Standard German [deu] which originated in Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain during German colonial times among Catholic mixed-race (Vunapope) community. With increased mobility and intermarriage, it is disappearing. Mainly older adults, still some younger people who can understand it. All fluent in at least 2 of Standard German [deu], English [eng], or Tok Pisin [tpi]. Some also use Kuanua [ksd].

Language Development