Kabuverdianu is a Portuguese-based creole language spoken on the Cape Verde Islands. It is also spoken by a small community in Senegal. It is the native language of about a fifth of the population of Cape Verde and is used as a second language by the rest of the population. Kabuverdianu is a creole based on Portuguese, with influences from African languages such as Wolof, Mandinka, and Bantu. It is written in the Latin alphabet and has a distinctive African rhythm and melody. The Cape Verde Islands were uninhabited until the 15th century, when they were settled by the Portuguese. Cape Verdeans are proud of their African heritage and culture, and Kabuverdianu is seen as a symbol of this. The language has been influenced by contact with other languages, such as English and French. However, it has remained largely unchanged since the 18th century. Kabuverdianu is a living language, spoken by a growing number of people both on the Cape Verde Islands and in the diaspora. It is an important part of Cape Verdean identity and culture.

Language group

Creoles and pidgins, Portuguese-based

Language locales, regions and scripts

Kabuverdianu, Cape Verde, Latin
Kabuverdianu, Cape Verde
Kabuverdianu, Latin