Tay Boi


A language of Viet Nam

Alternate Names
Annamite French, Tay Boy, Vietnamese Pidgin French

L1 users: No known L1 speakers.


Also known as Vietnamese Pidgin French, spoken in French colonial households between male Vietnamese servants and their employers; scattered, probably mostly urban; no longer spoken.

Language Status

10 (Extinct).

Language Use

Developed about 1862. Influences from Vietnamese [vie], French [fra], English [eng], Javanese [jav], and Portuguese [por]. Used between French and Vietnamese until 1954, and lower levels of administration, the military, and police. No longer spoken (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

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