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Haitian Creole
kreyòl ayisyen
Native to Haiti
Ethnicity Haitians
Native speakers Over 10 million  (date missing)
Language family
French Creole
  • Haitian Creole
Writing system Latin (Haitian Creole alphabet)
Official status
Official language in  Haiti
Regulated by Akademi Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole Academy)
Linguasphere 51-AAC-cb

Haitian Creole is a type of Creole language spoken by about 13 million people, mostly Haitians and the Haitian diaspora. This language is called Kreyòl Ayisien by those who speak it.

Origins

The language was made in Haiti by contact between colonizers who spoke French and black people they enslaved who spoke African languages. The African influences in Haitian Creole can be noticed in the sound, syntax, and some words. In Haiti, the upper classes have often disrespected Haitian Creole even though they speak it, but recently it is beginning to become more accepted. There are more books in Haitian Creole, and it was finally acknowledged in Haiti's constitution in 1987.

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