Is Creole A Dialect Of French?

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(Last Updated On: November 7, 2023)

If you are babysitting a child and they start asking you random questions, you will realize how difficult it is to answer them. The questions can be extremely weird at times. But most of the time, they are just stupid from an adult’s point of view. Children haven’t seen the world from an adult’s eyes and therefore they look at everything with wonder. They have unlimited curiosity which is never satisfied and they have to know about things or they will never be at ease. There are many reasons why a child will keep on repeating a question. They either want to attract your attention or maybe they just really want an answer. Either way, when you are stuck with them, your patience will get tested.

In such moments, you will begin to appreciate your parents a bit more who listened to all your stupid questions and tried to answer them as well as they could. They did that not only to satisfy their child but also because they wanted their kid to know things and not keep on wondering about an answer. As for the absurdity of the question, it all depends on who you are asking. If you ask a simple question about a subject from that field’s specialist, they will think of you like an idiot for not knowing something so common. However, for you, that can be quite a difficult concept to grasp.


A question highly important for a child can appear stupid to an adult but to that kid, its answer will open many doors of logic and reasoning. This does not prove that babies can be annoying or that all adults are stupid for not knowing something about certain fields. This only shows that we are limited in life by our experiences and our education. We can become experts in our field but we may not know the basics of another field. This is not something that humans can fight against and win. Our lives are limited and therefore, we have to rely on questions to find some answers. If we don’t ask out of fear, we will never learn important things in life.

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The World of Languages:

The words we speak are not random, they follow a particular pattern, otherwise, they wouldn’t make sense. But to get to the point where we know that our spoken word has patterns, or that it should have patterns, we needed a field of study dedicated to languages only. Today, that discipline is real and it is called linguistics. It is the field where experts scientifically study languages. However, that wasn’t the end of the world for tongues. There was a lot more to go still.

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Once the study of languages became common, it was time to make a better classification for different types of tongues. In order to better understand the words, we speak, we needed to come up with a system that told us which is a language and which isn’t. All the types of languages often originated from the same branch. However, that doesn’t always translate to similarity when it comes to different tongues. The more linguists studied the spoken words, the more they became confused by them. There were differences but there were also way too many similarities.

The system of language families and subgroups has been around for a long time. But this time, linguists were able to divide languages into dialects and creole. People not familiar with linguistics can often get confused with the terms, and may even start using them interchangeably. That’s okay because sometimes, even linguists forget the differences between a creole and a dialect.

Is Creole a Dialect of French?

A dialect is a type of language that is specific to a particular region. It may not be spoken in that region alone but that’s how it came into being. Some dialects become popular enough to become a language. That’s what happens when a language ends up becoming everyone’s favorite.

A creole is not the same as a dialect. It can be considered a language on its own. A creole is born when two different languages combine to form another language. So it can also be called mixed languages. It mostly has the vocabulary from the master tongue but its grammar is completely different. It follows local languages’ rules for grammar to establish a new identity for itself. A dialect is often limited to a region, but a creole language is not.

Creole languages are vernacular languages that developed in colonial European plantation settlements in the 17th century – 18th century as a result of contact between groups that spoke mutually unintelligible languages.

If you asked a linguist whether a creole is a dialect of the French language, they will laugh at you for even asking such a question. For starters, there can be creoles of different languages. But the French language does have a few. However, a creole language, even if it originated from French, cannot be called a dialect of the French translation. It is a language on its own, without being limited to a particular region.

French-based creole languages may be characterized as a group by one historical and two linguistic properties. There is much variation among French-based Creoles with respect to the locations, periods, and historical conditions of their emergence; the relevant contact languages involved in their development, and the grammatical features of the resulting creoles.

French-based Creole languages include such as Haitian Creole, Louisiana Creole, and Mauritian Creole; English, such as Gullah, Jamaican Creole, Guyanese Creole, and Hawaiian Creole; and Portuguese, such as Papiamentu and Cape Verdean.

French Creole people commonly are African American, Spanish, and Native American because of their mixed languages.

Louisiana Creole

Louisiana Creole ( Creole Louisiana) is sometimes described as originally one of three French-based languages in Louisiana, alongside Cajun French, brought by Acadians expelled from Nova Scotia in the 18th century, and Colonial French, an extinct variety once used by French colonizers.

Tok Pisin and Jamaican Patois are only two examples of a long list of English-based Creole. Tok Pisin is one of the official language of Papua New Guinea. Tok Pisin (Talk Pidgin) began to develop towards the end of the 19th century with the arrival of the British and the establishment of British New Guinea. Today Tok Pisin is the lingua franca of the entire country of Papua New Guinea.

When you are working with languages, it is better to not get confused by the different terms. You can end up messing up your work if you misuse an internet connection to learn about native languages. The best way to do that is by talking to native speakers and listening to their explanations about their tongues. Those native speakers will be able to give you a thorough analysis of their languages and help you develop a better understanding of the spoken word in general. So, now you know that creole is not a dialect and especially not of the French translation.

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