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Creole Institute

Creole Institute


Haitian Heart

The Creole Institute at Indiana University is recognized as a major center in the United States equipped to deal in depth with linguistic and related educational issues in Haiti. It specializes in research and training in the area of applied linguistics with a focus on French-based creoles. One of the Institute’s more recent textbooks, Ann Pale Kreyòl, is used widely across the United States in universities and other language institutions, and is available for purchase through this website, along with various audio materials and dictionaries.

The Institute is also heavily involved in the study of French outside of France, especially varieties found in North America with special reference to Louisiana. The Director and Founder, Dr. Albert Valdman, is the author of two pioneering basic resources in these areas published in France : 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. Dr. Valdman is Rudy Professor Emeritus in the Department of French & Italian and the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University-Bloomington.

New dictionary! For information on the Creole Institute's newly published English-Haitian Creole Bilingual Dictionary (2017), click here.

New Price Information (April 2017):
The Creole Institute is pleased to announce that it is reducing the price of its Ann Pale Kreyòl CD sets and Discovering Cajun French CD-ROM. New discounts are as follows:

*APK 10-CD set: $70 (vs. $90 original price)

*APK 2-CD set: $15 (vs. $19.50 original price)

*Discovering Cajun French CD-ROM: $8.75 (vs. $17.50 original price)

In addition, we continue to offer a 35% discount for orders of 10 or more copies of the Ann Pale Kreyòl textbook or the Haitian Creole-English Bilingual Dictionary (HCEBD).

We also now offer a 20% discount for any order of 5 or more items. (Note: a set is considered one item.)

Check out the 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

transcription conventions

Or if you'd like the files in a single download, click here.

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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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Vue du lac Azuei depuis Foret des Pins en Haïti. By myself (survey) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.
Haitian school children. By: Fred W. Baker III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Mountainous Farming Plots near Port-au-Prince Haiti. By Jlanghurst (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.
The Citadelle Laferrière, near Milot in Haiti, seen from the access path. © Rémi Kaupp, CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons.
Great White Egret over Bayou, Louisiana. By Alicia Lee (Flickr: Great White Egret over Bayou) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.
Les Cayes, Departement du Sud, Haiti, Hispaniola. By Michelle Walz Eriksson [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

IU Creole Institute
Albert Valdman, Director
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