Pijin

Pijin is an English-based creole spoken in the Solomon Islands by about 300,000 people, about 24,000 of whom speak it as a first language. Pijin is also known as Solomons Pidgin, Neo-Solomonic or Kanaka and is closely related to Tok Pisin, Bislama and Torres Strait Creole.

During the 19th century an English-based pidgin developed among Melanesian islanders working in sugar cane plantations in Queensland, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia. It was during this time that some 13,000 Solomon Islanders were taken to work in plantations in Australia. They used the pidgin, which was known as Kanaka, and took it back to the Solomon Islands with them when they were forcefully repatriated in the early 20th century.

Solomon Islands Pidgin or Pijin developed into a distinct language and became the lingua franca of the Solomon Islands, however the orthography and grammar have yet to be standardised.

Pijin pronunciation

Pijin pronunciation

Sample text in Pijin

Evri man en mere olketa born frii en ikwol lo digniti en raits blo olketa. Olketa evriwan olketa garem maeni fo tingting en olketa sapos fo treatim isada wittim spirit blo bradahood.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Tower of Babel in Pijin

Links

Information about Pijin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pijin_language
http://www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=pis
http://www.ramsi.org/solomon-islands/tok-pijin-guide.html
http://hghospital.jimdo.com/learn-pijin/

Creole languages

Aukaans/Ndjuká, Bislama, Cape Verdean Creole, Chavacano, Chinook Jargon, French Guianese Creole, Guadeloupean Creole, Haitian Creole, Jamaican, Manado Malay, Mauritian Creole, Nagamese, Papiamento, Pijin, Saramaccan, Seychelles Creole, Sranan, Tok Pisin

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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