Chagossian creole

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Chagossian Creole
kreol Ilwa
Native to Mauritius, Seychelles
Native speakers
1,800 (1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Chagossian Creole (also créole îlois, kreol Ilwa, or just Ilwa) is a French-based Creole that was still spoken in 1994 by the 1,800 or so Chagossians, the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago evicted in the early 1970s. It is currently spoken mainly in Mauritius and the Seychelles. There is also a small minority community speaking the language in the United Kingdom.

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  1. ^ Smith, Norval (1994). "26 An annotated list of creoles, pidgins and mixed languages". In Arends, Jacques; Muijsken, Pieter; Smith, Norval. Pidgins and Creoles: An introduction. John Benjamins. p. 347. ISBN 978-90-272-5236-4.