Chinese Pidgin English


A language of Nauru

Alternate Names
Melanesian-Chinese Mixed Pidgin English

Several thousand speakers, spoken by most in Nauru (Wurm 2007).

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Beginning to be superseded by English [eng]. Commercial use, mainly in Chinese-run trade stores and restaurants.

Other Comments

Mixture of Melanesian and a Chinese type of pidgin English. In spite of low social status, it remains a viable everyday language in Nauru.