Oorlams Creole

Native to South Africa
Native speakers
32,000 (2006)[1]
Afrikaans creole?
  • Oorlans
Language codes
ISO 639-3 oor
Glottolog oorl1238[2]

Oorlams (also: Oorlands, Oorlans) is a dialect of Afrikaans spoken in the Republic of South Africa and Namibia, by the Oorlam people.

It is considered an Afrikaans-based creole language by some observers, whereas most Oorlammers themselves would describe their language as being a dialect of Afrikaans proper.

Oorlams has many elements from Khoi languages.

See also


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