Definition of Bislama in English:


Line breaks: Bis|lama
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪʃləˌmɑː
(also Beach-la-mar or Bêche-de-mer)


[mass noun]
  • An English-based pidgin language used as the national language of Vanuatu, where it shares official status with English and French.
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    • Even in cases where a Creole has status as a national or official language, as Bislama, for instance, does in Vanuatu, or Haitian Creole French does in Haiti, this does not guarantee the use of Creoles in wider society.
    • Alongside Bislama, English and French are recognized as ‘official languages.’
    • With hundreds of traditional languages, literacy levels are low, including in the third official language, Bislama, a form of pidgin English.


alteration of Portuguese bicho do mar 'sea cucumber' (traded as a commodity, the word later being applied to the language of trade).

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