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Encyclopedia > Torres Strait Creole

Torres Strait Creole (also Torres Strait Pidgin, Torres Strait Broken, Cape York Creole, Lockhart Creole) is a creole language spoken on several Torres Strait Islands (Queensland, Australia). It counts approximately 25 000 mother-tongue speakers and several second-language speakers. It is widely used as a language of trade and commerce. It hass around six dialects, Papuan, Western-Central, TI, Eastern and Cape York. A Creole is a language descended from a pidgin that has become the native language of a group of people. ... The Torres Strait Islands are a group of islands, numbering more than 100, which lie in Torres Strait, the waterway separating Cape York, Queensland, Australia from Papua New Guinea. ... Motto: Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Nickname: Sunshine State/Smart State Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Governor Premier Const. ...

Related languages are Pijin of the Solomon Islands, Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea, and Bislama of Vanuatu. Pijin is a language spoken in the Solomon Islands. ... Tok Pisin (tok means word or speech, pisin means business) is the creole spoken in Papua New Guinea (PNG). ... Bislama is a Melanesian creole language, one of the official languages of Vanuatu. ...

Language code ISO 639-2: cpe.

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A creole is a pidgin that has undergone expansion to become the mother tongue of the members of a speech community.
Fluent traditional speakers who are opposed to the spread of creole tend to be the older members of the community.
Where a creole is preferred to a traditional language, special attention should be paid as to whether there is a need for other language maintenance activities in support of the traditional language.
Torres Strait at AllExperts (667 words)
The Torres Strait is a body of water which lies between Australia and the Melanesian island of New Guinea.
The first recorded European navigation of the strait was by Luis Vaez de Torres, a Portuguese seaman who was second-in-command on the expedition of Pedro Fernandes de Queirós who sailed from Peru to the South Pacific in 1605.
Torres Strait is mentioned in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea as a dangerous strait where the submarine, the Nautilus, is briefly stranded.
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