Queensland Kanaka English

Queensland Kanaka English
RegionQueensland, Australia
Erafrom 1860s
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Queensland Kanaka English, Queensland Canefields English or Queensland Plantation Pidgin English is an English-based pidgin language that was spoken by Melanesian labourers in Queensland, Australia from the late 1860s.

See also[edit]


  • Dutton, Thomas E. (1980). Queensland Canefields English of the late nineteenth century. Pacific Linguistics.
  • Dutton, Thomas E.; Mühlhäusler, Peter (1984). "Queensland Kanaka English". English World-Wide. 4 (2): 231–264. doi:10.1075/eww.4.2.05dut.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Queensland Kanaka English". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.