Principense Language (pre)

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Also Known As: Lun'gwiye


The Principense language, called lunguyê ("Language of the Island") by its speakers, is a Portuguese creole spoken in a community of some four thousand people in São Tomé and Príncipe, specifically on the island of Príncipe (there are two Portuguese-based creoles on São Tomé, Angolar and São Tomense), according to a 1989 study. Today it is mostly spoken by some elderly women (the Ethnologue entry lists 200 native speakers); most of the island's community speaks Portuguese; some also speak Forro.

Principense presents many similarities with the Forro on São Tomé and may be regarded as a Forro dialect. Like Forro, it is a creole language based on Portuguese with substrates of Bantu and Kwa...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Principense Language Speakers


Main Country: São Tomé and Príncipe
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-3 Code: pre

Classification Taxonomy

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  Creole Group

    Portuguese based Group

      Principense Language