Cannanore Indo-Portuguese creole

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Cannanore Indo-Portuguese
Native to India
Region Cannanore (Kannur)
Native speakers
5  (2010)[1]
Portuguese Creole
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Cannanore Indo-Portuguese is an Indo-Portuguese creole spoken on the Malabar coast of India. It formed from contact between the Portuguese and Malayalam languages in Indo-Portuguese households in the city of Cannanore (Kannur). It is estimated to have native five speakers remaining.[1] It formed after the Cochin Indo-Portuguese.[Does this mean in time, or that it derived from Cochin IP?]

The presence of Portuguese were strong in Cannanore during 1500's. Lourenço de Almeida, son of the Viceroy Francisco de Almeida was the leader of a Portuguese fleet. His fleet encountered the Indian fleet lead by Zamorin in the Battle of Cannanore.


  1. ^ a b Hugo Cardoso, "The Death of an Indian-born Language", Open Magazine, October 30, 2010.