Queensland Kanaka English

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Queensland Kanaka English
Region Queensland, Australia
Era from 1860s
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog quee1234[1]

Queensland Kanaka English, Queensland Canefields English or Queensland Plantation Pidgin English is an English-based pidgin language that was spoken by Melanesian labourers in Queensland, Australia from the late 1860s.

See also[edit]


  • Dutton, Thomas E. (1980). Queensland Canefields English of the late nineteenth century. Pacific Linguistics. 
  • Dutton, Thomas E.; Mühlhäusler, Peter (1984). "Queensland Kanaka English". English World-Wide. 4 (2): 231–264. doi:10.1075/eww.4.2.05dut. 


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Queensland Kanaka English". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.