Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin


  • Language: Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin
  • Alternate names: Broom Creole, Japanese Pidgin English, Koepang Talk, Malay Talk
  • Language code: bpl
  • Language family: Pidgin, Malay-based pidgin
  • Pidgin language
  • Number of speakers: 40
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    Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin is a pidgin that sprang up in Broome, Western Australia in the early 20th century to facilitate communication between the various groups working in the pearling industry there—Japanese, Malays, Torres Strait Islanders, Koepangers, Hakka Chinese, Filipinos, a small number of Koreans, and local Indigenous Australians, mainly of the Bardi people but also Nyulnyul, Jabirr Jabirr, Jukun, Yawuru and Karajarri people. The name derives from the boats used for pearling, known as pearling luggers.

    The Broome Pearling Lugger Pidgin Verb

    English: "three o'clock"Japanese: "or"English: "four o'clock"Japanese: "or"Malay: "go"English: "creek"
    "We will enter the creek at three or four o'clock."