A language of uncommon lyricism and spirit, Kristang is the patoi of the Portuguese Eurasians of Asia. With a distinguished history that that dates to the arrival of Afonso d’Albuquerque’s fleet in Malacca in 1511, Kristang has been passed down orally from generation to generation for over 500 years. Though it has retained its European roots, Kristang has been deeply influenced by many of the languages of the region and is one of Asia’s most unique yet little-known linguistic treasures.
The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary is the first-ever dictionary of this singular language and culture. Exhaustively researched and complied from interviews with native speakers, it has a comprehensive set of language features as well as dual-language explanations of Eurasian culture and its oral traditions.
Fully illustrated with entries on Kristang songs, poems, cuisine, names, idioms and rituals, The Eurasian Heritage Dictionary encapsulates the living legacy and memories of one of Asia’s most vibrant cultures.
Table of Contents
Foreword by BG (NS) George Yeo
Using the Dictionary:
Arrangements of Entries
Parts of Speech, Functional Classifications, Word Origins and Word Classes
- Phonetic Symbols
- The Pronunciation of Kristang in Singapore
Celebrating the Kristang Heritage
- Home Remedies
- Songs and Poems