Mauritian Creole

Mauritian Creole is a French-based creole spoken as a first or second language by c. 800,000 speakers chiefly in Mauritius with some further speakers in Madagascar. It is also a widely used lingua franca in the region; also called Morisyen.

The language developed out of a pidginized form of French that began to be spoken in Mauritius as a trade language. Today the native speakers of Mauritian Creole are ethnically diverse, some with black African ancestry, others of mixed descent, and still others from parts of Asia. Although English is the official language of government and school instruction, Creole is certainly the most widely spoken language in the country.

Mauritian Creole is spelt in the Roman alphabet.

CLASSIFICATION = (French-based) Creole, SCRIPT = Roman
25 Ans Deja [Songs sung in Mauritian Creole] MU L 1a-b