Portugis language

Native to Indonesia
Extinct mid-20th century
Portuguese Creole
  • Malayo-Portuguese Creole

    • Portugis
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tmg
Glottolog tern1248[1]
Linguasphere 51-AAC-ahg & -ahh

Portugis, or Ternateño, was a language spoken by Christians of mixed Portuguese and Malay ancestry in the islands of Ambon and Ternate in the Moluccas (Indonesia), from the 16th to the middle of the 20th century.

Portugis was a creole based chiefly on Portuguese and Malay.

The language was gradually replaced by a creolized Malay called Ambonese Malay.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ternateno". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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