Crioulo, Upper Guinea

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A language of Guinea-Bissau

Alternate Names
Guinea-Bissau Creole, Guinea-Bissau Kriyol, Kriulo, Portuguese Creole
Autonym
Kriyol
Population

1,239,000 in Guinea-Bissau, all users. L1 users: 239,000 in Guinea-Bissau (2016), increasing. L2 users: 1,000,000 (2015 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 1,305,800 (as L1: 285,800; as L2: 1,020,000).

Location

Widespread.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity.

Dialects

Bissau-Bolama Creole, Bafatá Creole, Cacheu-Ziguinchor Creole. Lexical similarity: with Kabuverdianu [kea].

Language Use

Home, work, church, government. Used by all. Also use Portuguese [por]. Used as L2 by Balanta-Kentohe [ble], Bayot [bda], Bidyogo [bjg], Jola-Felupe [eja], Kabuverdianu [kea], Mankanya [knf], Soninke [snk].

Language Development

Taught in primary schools. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1999.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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