Morisyen is a creole language spoken on the island of Mauritius. It is based on French and African languages, with influences from English, Portuguese, and other languages. Morisyen is one of the official languages of Mauritius, along with English and French. Morisyen is a creole language, which means that it is not a language that has been passed down from one generation to the next. Creole languages are usually created when people from different language backgrounds come together and need to communicate with each other. In the case of Morisyen, the African slaves who were brought to Mauritius by the French colonizers needed to communicate with their French masters. They created a new language, which was a mix of French and African languages. Morisyen has been influenced by other languages as well. English, Portuguese, and other languages have all had an impact on the development of Morisyen. The word order in Morisyen is different from that of French. In Morisyen, the verb comes after the subject, whereas in French the verb comes before the subject. For example, in the sentence “I am going to the store”, the verb “am going” would come after the subject “I” in Morisyen, but before the subject “I” in French. Morisyen is spoken by about 1.2 million people on the island of Mauritius. It is also spoken by Mauritians who have emigrated to other countries, such as Réunion, France, and Canada.

Language group

Creoles and pidgins, French‑based

Language locales, regions and scripts

Morisyen, Mauritius, Latin
Morisyen, Mauritius
Morisyen, Latin