Tok Pisin

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Tok Pisin
Native to Papua New Guinea
Native speakers 122,000  (2004)
4 million L2 speakers
Language family
English Creole
  • Pacific
    • Tok Pisin
Official status
Official language in  Papua New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-2 tpi
ISO 639-3 tpi
Linguasphere 52-ABB-cc

Tok Pisin (pronounced: /ˌtɔːk ˈpɪsɪn/) is a market language used in parts of the South Pacific, mainly Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but also in areas of Vanuatu, where a second language known as Bislama is also spoken. A market language is one which is used as an everyday language between people who don't speak a common language.

Tok Pisin is a Creole language, meaning that it's a mixture of other languages, mainly English, German and Tahitian.