Ambon Creole ➞ English Dictionary

This dictionary contains only those words that differ from standard Indonesian, following the lists compiled by Takaria & Pieter (1998), Devin, and Pattiasina, with orthography standardised between the three. Stress tends to be noticeably on the penultimate syllable, which plays a significant part in producing the distinctive Ambon accent. Many words are derived from Indonesian by applying the following substitutions:

  • Initial -e, -er syllables in grammatical prefixes become -a

    • berdiribadiri, terbakartabakar
  • Final -n, -m modifiers become -ng

    • temantamang, asamasang
  • Final -k, -h modifiers are dropped

    • anakana, bersihbarsi
  • Final -u syllable becomes -o

    • arusaros, mabukmabo
  • Initial -e, -er syllables more generally become -a

    • mesinmasing, lenteralanterna


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