2018-05-09 11:00 —
We are looking for an author who writes in Papiamento, one of our guest languages in 2018. The successful candidate will spend eight weeks in Ireland this autumn, and Focail Eile, the Irish partner of Other Words, will be his/her host.
Papiamento is a Portugese-based creole language spoken en the Dutch West Indies. It is the most-widely spoken language on the Caribean ABC Islands, having official status in Aruba and Curaçao. The language is also recognized in Bonaire by the Dutch government.
Papiamento is based largely on the Portuguese language, with some elements of grammar and vocabulary deriving from African languages, a strong influence from Spanish, and some vocabulary from Indigenous American languages, as well as English and Dutch. There is some degree of mutual intelligibility with both Portuguese and Spanish.
An example of Papiamento, spoken by around 300,000 people, can be found on the burial site and monument to Doctor Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez, first Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles:
"No hasi ku otro loke bo no ke pa otro hasi ku bo" (roughly meaning: "Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you.”)
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