Cape Verde Languages

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Cape Verde's official language is Portuguese. It is the language of instruction and government. It is also used in newspapers, television, and radio.

Cape Verdean Creole or Kriolu is used colloquially and is the mother tongue of virtually all Cape Verdeans. The national constitution calls for measures to give it parity with Portuguese. Cape Verdean Creole is a dialect continuum of a Portuguese-based creole. There is a substantial body of literature in Creole and has been gaining prestige since the nation's independence from Portugal.

The differences between the forms of the language within the islands have been a major obstacle in the way of standardization of the language. Some people have advocated the development of two standards: a Barlavento standard in the north, centered on the São Vicente Creole, and a Sotavento standard in the south, centered on the Santiago Creole. [1]

Dialects of the different islands[2]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Portuguese

Cape Verdean Creole

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Portuguese

Cape Verdean Creole

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Portuguese

Cape Verdean Creole

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Cape Verde," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde#Languages, accessed 2 April 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Cape Verdean Creole," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verdean_Creole#Dialectal_differences, accessed 2 April 2021.