Published July 20, 2017
This video was recorded by A. Douglas Callendar at the 5th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Kristang, also called Papia Cristão, Portugis, and sometimes 'Malaccan Creole Portuguese' by academics, is spoken by as many as 2,200 people, primarily in the Malaysian state of Malacca. A creole language, Kristang emerged as a convergence of Portuguese and Malay following Portugal's conquest of Malaysia in 1511. Today, with the exception of some Kristang church services, the language remains politically and institutionally unrecognized. However, a revival movement has emerged in recent decades.