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26776: Hermantin(news)FACTS ABOUT CREOLE, OR KREYOL (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <email@example.com>
Posted on Sun, Dec. 04, 2005
FACTS ABOUT CREOLE, OR KREYOL
• Haitian Kreyol is usually called French Creole because the bulk of the
vocabulary is from old and modern French. The phonology, however, isn't
completely French. For instance, there is no ''c'' in the Kreyol alphabet.
• In addition to French, there are words that are Spanish, English and West
African in origin. West African linguistic influences include the Wolof and Ewe
languages. There also are hundreds of words from the Kikongo language, spoken
by people from the former French west-central African colony, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo.
• In the Caribbean, French Creole is widely spoken in Haiti, Guadeloupe,
Martinique, Dominica and St. Lucia. It's also spoken in French Guiana in South
America, and on the islands of Réunion and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
• The word Koukouy is a Haitian Kreyol word that means fireflies; it is Spanish
• Creole Language Schools in South Florida:
Miami Dade Community College 305-237-8888
Broward Community College 954-201-7400
SOURCE: Max Manigat, who lives in Miramar and is a former professor of history
and Creole languages at City College of New York. He is currently writing a
book exploring the history and origin of Haitian Kreyol words.