Malaccan Creole Portuguese


A language of Malaysia

Alternate Names
Bahasa Geragau, Bahasa Serani, Kristang, Luso-Malay, Malaccan, Malaqueiro, Malaquenho, Malaquense, Malaquês, Malayo-Portuguese, Malaysian Creole Portuguese, Papia Cristao, Papia Kristang, Português de Malaca, Portuguese Patois, Serani

2,150 (Bradley 2007). Ethnic population: 10,000 (Bradley 2007).


Peninsular, Straits of Malacca,Trankera and Hilir, Melaka. Related varieties in parts of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Language Maps
Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

English [eng] is rapidly becoming the dominant language among the younger generation. Mainly adults 50 and older, about one-third of young adults, some children. Most also use Malay [zlm] and Malaysian English. Some older women use some English [eng].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1884.
Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Kristang (or Papia Cristao), also name for religion. Variety in Pulau Tikus spoken more in 1997 than in 1987.