(also Papiamento /-tō/)
A Spanish Creole language with admixtures of Portuguese and Dutch, spoken on the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao.
- The description of the interdependence of tonal and stress features in Papiamentu provides important insights on the genesis of mixed Creole systems in which these suprasegmental features are phonologically distinctive.
- Although Papiamentu is the mother tongue for large segments (up to 90 percent) of the population of the Dutch Leeward Antilles chain of islands, the Afro-Portuguese Creole language... was suppressed for centuries by the colonial powers in favor of Dutch.
From Spanish Papiamento.
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