Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Dutch words in Portuguese creoles
Elsewhere, Portuguese creoles emerged. Dutch loanwords in several of these have been recorded by Nicoline van der Sijs. The creole Portuguese of Batavia, Java contained some 90 Dutch loanwords such as vierkant ('square'). In the Portuguese creole on Ceylon, some 40 Dutch loanwords such as boek ('book') were recorded at the start of the twentieth century. The Dutch took Malacca in modern- day Malaysia from the Portuguese in 1641. Some 60 Dutch loanwords were adopted by the local Portuguese creole, such as lui ('lazy').
This contact also worked the other way. For example, in Japan the Dutch referred to the Governor of Nagasaki as comprador, from the Portuguese for 'buyer'.
Further reading: Nicoline van der Sijs, Nederlandse Woorden Wereldwijd. The Hague, 2010, p. 59.
Christopher Joby 'Dutch in Eighteenth-Century Japan', Dutch Crossing