Torres Strait Creole

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Ailan Tok, Ap-Ne-Ap, Big Thap, Blaik, Blaiman, Broken, Cape York Creole, Creole, Pizin, Tores Streit Yumplatok, Torres Strait Broken, Torres Strait Pidgin English, West Torres
Autonym
Yumplatok
Population

6,040 (2006 census).

Location

Queensland state: Torres Strait Islands, towns on upper Cape York, some on north Queensland east coast.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 80% with English.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Gugubera [kkp], Kala Lagaw Ya [mwp], Kuuku-Ya’u [kuy], Meriam [ulk].

Language Development
NT: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A creolization of Tok Pisin [tpi] or Bislama [bis] and Kala Lagaw [mwp].

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