Datapoint Papiá Kristang/Size of speaker community

The community in Banda Hilir, Malacca, has approximately 700-800 fluent speakers.
In addition, there is an unquantified number of persons with semi-speaker fluency, and others with merely passive knowledge of the language.
The total number of Kristangs living in the Banda Hilir Portuguese settlement area is close to 2000.

My comments are based on Baxter (2005), my own participant observations, and on information provided by the leadership of the Kristang community.


Less than 1,000 speakers

Very certain