Welcome to the
Indiana University Creole Institute
The Creole Institute
is recognized as the only center in the
that is equipped to deal in depth with linguistic
and related educational issues in
in research and training in the area of applied linguistics with a focus on
French-based creoles. The Institute is also heavily involved in the study of
French outside of
especially varieties found in North America with special reference to
. The Director
and Founder, Albert Valdman, is the author of two pioneering basic resources in
these area published in
: Le créole: structure, statut et origine (1978) and Le français hors
de France (1979). Since these publications, he has been at the forefront of
creolistics and studies of North American varieties of French, developing
course and reference materials through the Institute. The Institute’s most
recent textbook, Ann Pale Kreyòl, is
used widely across the
in universities and other language
institutions, and is available for purchase through this website, along with
various audio materials and dictionaries.
NEW: Corpus of Northern Haitian Creole
The Creole Institute is proud to announce the release of the first publicly available corpus of spoken Haitian Creole. Recorded in 2007 with the support of NSF Grant #0542329, the corpus contains ten hour-long interviews with 20 Haitians from the Cape Haitian region, with audio and written texts available for each one. The interviews, which were conducted with adults and children from rural and urban areas, cover a wide range of topics of interest to scholars of anthropology, religion folklore, and anyone else interested in Haitian Studies, including discussions of vodou, family life, traditional stories, and the lives of children. Scholars of Haitian Creole will also find this corpus extremely useful, with its faithful rendering of the particularities of Northern Haitian Creole, which abound in the ten hours of material. The text and audio of the interviews, along with a document explaining the transcription conventions, are available for free download below. Warning: Audio files are large, totalling 509 MB.
Audio files: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Text files: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Or if you'd like the files in a single download, click here.
For more information about Haitian Creole materials,
please click here.
For more information about materials on French and Creoles in
and the rest of North America, click here.
Now available: FREE Sample of Ann Pale Kreyol, the best-selling textbook for English-speaking learners of Haitian Creole. To download sample pages in PDF format, click here. To download the accompanying audio files in MP3 format, click here. To order Ann Pale Kreyol materials, scroll down.
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