Haitian Creole is a French-based creole spoken by c. 6 million people chiefly in Haiti and in the adjacent Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, with some further speakers in New York and Canada. In 1961 it became an official language in Haiti.
The language developed out of a pidginized form of French that began to be spoken in Haiti with the colonization of the western part of Hispaniola in the mid-17th century, but there are also considerable morphological and syntactic influences from West African languages, such as Wolof, Fon, Mandingo and Ewe.
Modern standard Haitian Creole is based on the dialect of Port-au-Prince. The language is spelt in the Roman alphabet.
CLASSIFICATION = (French-based) Creole, SCRIPT = Roman
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