Portugis language

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Native toIndonesia
Extinctmid-20th century
Portuguese Creole
  • Malayo-Portuguese Creole
    • Portugis
Language codes
ISO 639-3tmg
Linguasphere51-AAC-ahg & -ahh

Portugis, or Ternateño, was a Portuguese-based creole language spoken by Christians of mixed Portuguese and Malay ancestry in the islands of Ambon and Ternate in the Moluccas (Indonesia), from the 16th to the middle of the 20th century.

Portugis was a creole based chiefly on Portuguese and Malay.

The language was gradually replaced by a variant of Malay called Ambonese Malay.

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