Kriol

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Roper-Bamyili Creole
Autonym
Kriol
Population

17,160, all users. L1 users: 7,160 (2016 census). L2 users: 10,000 (1991 SIL).

Location

Western Australia state; Northern Territory: Kimberley region, Roper river, Katherine areas, Ngukurr; Queensland state: Gulf country, Lower Cape York peninsula.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Roper River Kriol (Roper River Pidgin), Bamyili Creole, Barkly Kriol, Fitzroy Valley Kriol, Daly River Kriol. Both Kriol and Torres Strait Creole [tcs] are spreading and are nearly overlapping in Queensland.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Preschool children may not be bilingual in another language. Some also use English [eng], or Aboriginal languages. Used as L2 by Alawa [alh], Ami [amy], Antikarinya [ant], Bardi [bcj], Dalabon [ngk], Djamindjung [djd], Djauan [djn], Garrwa [wrk], Gurindji [gue], Kaytetye [gbb], Kija [gia], Kunjen [kjn], Maridjabin [zmj], Maringarr [zmt], Marra [mec], Marti Ke [zmg], Martu Wangka [mpj], Miriwoong [mep], Ngan’gityemerri [nam], Ngarinyman [nbj], Nunggubuyu [nuy], Nyikina [nyh], Rembarrnga [rmb], Ritharrngu [rit], Worrorra [wro], Yanyuwa [jao].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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