Chagossian Creole
kreol Ilwa
Native toMauritius, Seychelles
Native speakers
(1,800 cited 1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Chagossian creole (also créole îlois, kreol Ilwa, or just Ilwa) is a French-based creole that was still spoken in 1994 by the 1,800 or so Chagossians, the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago evicted in the early 1970s. Ilwa is a variety of Mauritian Creole with influences from Seychellois Creole. It is currently spoken mainly in Mauritius and the Seychelles. There is also a small minority community speaking the language in the United Kingdom.

See also


  1. ^ Smith, Norval (1994). "26 An annotated list of creoles, pidgins and mixed languages". In Arends, Jacques; Muijsken, Pieter; Smith, Norval (eds.). Pidgins and Creoles: An introduction. John Benjamins. p. 347. ISBN 978-90-272-5236-4.