Haitian Creole language
|Native to|| Haiti (Official)
|Native speakers||close to 13,000,000 (date missing)|
French Creole languages
|Official language in||Haiti|
|Regulated by||Ministère de l'éducation nationale et de la formation professionnelle|
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. People who speak French or the African languages would have a hard time understanding the Haitian Creole language.
- 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.