A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Rabaul Creole German

10 in Papua New Guinea (2016 P. Maitz). Total users in all countries: 110.



Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

Descendant of pidginized Standard German [deu] which originated in Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain during German colonial times among Catholic mixed-race (Vunapope) community. With increased mobility and intermarriage, it is disappearing. Older adults only, but still some younger people who can understand it (Wurm 2007). Also use English [eng], Standard German [deu], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development


Other Comments

Unserdeutsch emerged and used to be spoken in the Rabaul area. However, around the time of independence, nearly the entire speech community moved to Australia (2017 P. Maitz).

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