Bidau Creole Portuguese

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Bidau Creole Portuguese
Timor Pidgin
Region Bidau, Dili, East Timor
Extinct 1960s
Portuguese Creole
  • Malayo-Portuguese Creole
    • Bidau Creole Portuguese
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tvy
Glottolog timo1258[1]
Linguasphere 51-AAC-ahf

Bidau Creole Portuguese (Português de Bidau) was a Portuguese-based creole language that was spoken in Bidau, an eastern suburb of Dili, East Timor until the 1960s, when the speakers shifted to standard Portuguese.

Bidau Creole Portuguese grew out of the Portuguese spoken by settlers and Mestiços from Flores Island, influenced by languages introduced to the area by military men from Lifau. It shares a number of features with nearby creoles such as Macanese.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Timor Pidgin". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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