Arabic-based creole languages


Arabic-based creole languages

An Arabic-based creole language, or simply Arabic creole is a creole language which was significantly influenced by the Arabic language.

The main Arabic creoles are:

*Nubi: An Arabic-based creole spoken by descendants of Sudanese soldiers mainly in Kenya and Uganda, formed in the nineteenth century from a Sudanese Arabic-based pidgin used for intercommunication among Southern Sudanese ethnic groups.

*Babalia Creole Arabic: A Shuwa Arabic-based creole spoken in 23 villages of the Chari-Baguirmi Prefecture in southwestern Chad; the substrate language was Berakou.

*Arwi: An extinct Arabic-based creole spoken by Sri Lankan Moors and Muslims in South India. The language is a fusion of Semitic Arabic and Dravidian Tamil which is written in a modified Arabic script. Although it is extinct as a spoken language, Arwi is still used for religious purposes in Sri Lanka.

ee also

*Pidgin
*Varieties of Arabic


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