- Principense language
name = Principense
nativename = "Lunguyê"
São Tomé and Príncipe
speakers = 200 [ [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=pre Ethnologue] ]
familycolor = Creole
fam3 = Afro-Portuguese Creole
fam4 = Gulf of Guinea Creole
The Principense language, called "lunguyê" ("Language of the Island") by its speakers, is spoken in a community of couple of thousand people in
São Tomé and Príncipe, but today is mostly spoken by some elderly women, almost all of them on the island of Príncipe. Today, most of the community in the island speaks Portuguese; some also speak Forro.
Principense presents many similarities with the Forro on
São Toméand may be regarded as a Forro dialect. Like Forro, it is a creole languagebased on Portuguese with substrates of Bantu and Kwa.
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=pre Principense] Ethnologue report on Principense.
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