Kriol is an Australian creole language that developed initially in the region of Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales in the early days of White colonisation, and then moved west and north with White and Black stockmen and others.
Both Kriol and Torres Strait Creole are spreading and are nearly overlapping in Queensland.
Despite the language's similarities to English in vocabulary, it has a distinct syntactic structure and grammar, and is, therefore, a language in its own right.
Tenses are distinguished by particles;
- Present tense doesn't have any markers
- Past tense is marked by bin 'been'
- Future tense is marked by garra 'will'
Verbs can take various affixes to denote direction and aspect.
|wi go rait thru||we'll go straight there without stopping|
|gidim bodo||take a picture|
|grajim meinggo tri||dig up a mango tree|
|Dei bin wajam garra1 hos||They washed it with a hose|
Notes: 1 garra means 'with' here.