Haitian Creole

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Haitian Creole
Kreyol ayisyen
Native to Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti (Official)
 Bahamas
 Canada
 Cuba
 Dominican Republic
 France
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica
 United States
Native speakers close to 13,000,000  (date missing)
Language family
French Creole languages
  • Antillean Creoles
    • Haitian Creole
Writing system Latin
Official status
Official language in  Haiti
Regulated by Ministère de l'éducation nationale et de la formation professionnelle
Language codes
ISO 639-1 ht
ISO 639-2 hat
ISO 639-3 hat
Linguasphere 51-AAC-cb

Haitian Creole is a type of Creole language spoken by 13 million people in Haiti and as well as outside of Haiti.

Origins[change | edit source]

The Haitian Creole was made by contact between French speakers and the speakers of African languages in Haiti. They needed a way to talk to each other, and formed a mixture of languages. The African influence in Haitian Creole can easily be heard in the sound, syntax, and some words.[1] People who speak French or the African languages would have a hard time understanding the Haitian Creole language.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Lefebvre (1985). A recent research project of the Leiden-based Research School CNWS on this topic concerns the relation between Gbe and Surinamese creole languages. The project is titled A trans-Atlantic Sprachbund? The structural relationship between the Gbe-languages of West Africa and the Surinamese creole languages.