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Principense language

Principense language

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Principense (Lunguyê)
Spoken in: São Tomé and Príncipe 
Region: Gulf of Guinea Islands
Total speakers: Thousands range
Language family: Portuguese creole
 Principense (Lunguyê)
Language codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: cpp
ISO/FDIS 639-3: pre 

The Principense language, called lunguyê ("Language of the Island") by its speakers, is spoken in a community of couple of thousand people in São Tomé and Príncipe, but today is mostly spoken by some elderly women, almost all of them on the island of Príncipe. Today, most of the community in the island speaks Portuguese, and some also speak Forro.

Principense presents many similarities with the Forro language of São Tomé, and can be seen as a dialect of it. Like Forro, it is a creole language based on Portuguese with substrates of Bantu and Kwa.

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