Papuan Pidgin English

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Papuan Pidgin English
RegionNew Guinea
Era19th century
English-based pidgin
  • Pacific
    • Papuan Pidgin English
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Papuan Pidgin English was a 19th-century English-based pidgin of New Guinea. It was eventually replaced by Hiri Motu, a Melanesian-based pidgin, and was not ancestral to modern English-based Tok Pisin.


  • Smith, Norval (1994). "An annotated list of creoles, pidgins, and mixed languages". In Jacque Arends, Pieter Muysken & Norval Smith (ed.). Pidgins and Creoles. John Benjamins.

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