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Seselwa Creole French

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  • Language: Seselwa Creole French
  • Alternate names: SEYCHELLOIS CREOLE, SEYCHELLES CREOLE FRENCH, KREOL, CREOLE
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:crs
  • Language family: Creole, French based
  • Number of speakers: 69,000
  • Script: -

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Introduction

Seychelles dialect is reported to be the same as Chagos. Structural differences with Mauritius are relatively minor. Not adequately intelligible with Reunion Creole. It is heard everywhere on the streets, in the shops and homes. The native language of virtually all its citizens (D. Bickerton 1988). It is gaining rapidly in status. Dictionary. Grammar. The first 4 years of education are in Seselwa. Used for some subjects for 5 more years. Radio programs. Fishermen. Christian. NT in press (1998).


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