Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin


A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Broom Creole, Japanese Pidgin English, Koepang Talk, Malay Talk

40, all users. L1 users: No known L1 speakers. Probably never used as L1, although some locals of Broome have retained some of it as part of their jargon. Most active use happened between 1900 and 1930 (Wurm et al 1996). L2 users: 40. Ethnic population: No ethnic community.


Western Australia state: Beagle Bay, Broome, Derby, La Grange, Lombardinie, One Arm Point.

Language Status

9 (Second language only). Lingua franca on pearling boats between Malays, Japanese, Chinese, and Aborigines.

Other Comments

Some Japanese [jpn] and Aboriginal creole or pidgin English words.

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