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Namibian Black German

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Introduction

Namibian Black German is a pidgin language formerly spoken in various parts of Namibia. It is a non-standardized variety. Namibian Black German is based on standard German. It was spoken mainly by Africans who served their colonial masters when Namibia was known as German South-West Africa but who did not learn standard German.

The language is almost extinct, and people have shifted to speak Afrikaans or English.

The verb

The verbs seem not to be inflected, but the infinitive is used.

  • Was Banane kosten? - What cost banana? ("Was kostet die/eine Banane?")
  • Herr fahren Jagd, nicht Haus - Man go hunt, not house ("Der Herr geht zur Jagd, und ist nicht zu Hause")
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