Lanc-Patuá creole

Amapá French Creole
Native to Brazil (in the state of Amapá)
Native speakers
2,400 (2008)[1]
French Creole
  • French Guianese Creole

    • Lanc-Patuá
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kmv
Glottolog kari1301[2]
Linguasphere 51-AAC-cdd

Lanc-Patuá is a creole language spoken in the state of Amapá in Brazil, primarily now around the capital, Macapá. It is a French-based creole language, spoken by local Indians and immigrants from French Guiana, the Caribbean and other areas of Brazil, and their descendants. It has some English and Portuguese influence on its vocabulary, but its grammar is clearly similar to the French-based creole languages of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

Lanc-Patuá is derived from Karipúna Creole spoken by indigenous Amerindians. The substratum language of Karipúna Creole was the now-extinct Tupian language Karipúna. The name comes from the French Langue Patois, meaning simply dialectal language.

Lanc-Patuá creole typically refers to what is spoken in Macapá, the capital of Amapá state, whereas Amapá French creole refers to the French-lexified creoles in the Uaça Indian Reservation: Karipúna French creole (KFC) and Galibi-Marwono French creole (GMFC).


In Brazil, there are two Creolophone groups that speaks two creole languages: one French-lexifed and the other Portuguese-lexifed. The portuguese-lexicon Creole is spoken in the state of São Paulo. While the French-lexified creole is spoken in the state of Amapá in North Eastern Brazil, the Brazilian state bordering French Guiana.

Lanc-Patuá is said to be spoken by descendants of French Guiana and French Creole-speaking immigrants from the French Antilles who number approximately 25,000. The southern variety, Lanc-Patúa, shows some English influence because of a relatively large number of migrants from St. Lucia and Dominica. It is a variety of the French Guianese Creole.

See also


  1. Lanc-Patuá at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Karipuna Creole French". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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