Language of the Day for 08 November 2018


Papiamentu [pap]

A language of
Population Full
135,000 in Curacao, all users. L1 users: 115,000 in Curacao (2011 SIL). L2 users: 20,000. Total users in all countries: 341,300 (as L1: 321,300; as L2: 20,000).
1 (National). De facto national language.
Language Use
Importance varies by island. Use of both Papiamentu and Dutch [nld] not considered an indication of lack of education. Dutch use fosters social and political mobility. All domains. Used by all. Also use Dutch [nld], English [eng], Spanish [spa].
Language Development
First 2 years of primary school. Newspapers. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible: 1997.
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