Cape Verdean Creole

Cape Verdean Creole called Kriolu or kabuverdianu by local speakers is the creole of Cape Verde. The lexicon or vocabulary is mainly archaic Portuguese, fifteenth century base , but borrows from west African languages, particularly Mandinka and Wolof. Each island has its own distinct twist on the kriolu, a total of nine dialects that falls into two broad categories-- Sortavento and BarlaventoSortavento is spoken in the main southern islands like Santiago. Barlavento varieties are spoken in the northern islands like Sao Vincente.  In 2009, an alphabet was developed for the language called ALUPEC  (Alfabeto Unificado para a Escrita do Caboverdiano  or the Unified Alphabet for the Writing of Capeverdean Creole). 


Work Cited

Anchimbe, Eric A and Mforteh, Stephen A. Postcolonial(2011).Linguistic Voices: Identity Choices and Representations. Walter de Gruyter,  pp. 299, 300.ISBN 3110260697, 9783110260694

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