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346,000 (1995). A French department in the Leeward Islands. Two large islands: Basse Terre, Grande Terre; also Marie Galante, the Saintes group, Desirade, St. Barthelemy, most of St. Martin. Literacy rate 89% to 90%. Christian, secular. Data accuracy estimate: A1. The number of languages listed for Guadeloupe is 2.

FRENCH [FRN] 72,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Romance. National language. Bible 1530-1986. NT 1474-1980. Bible portions 1483-1987.

LESSER ANTILLEAN CREOLE FRENCH (PATWA, PATOIS) [DOM] 335,000 in Guadeloupe (1975); 1,024,980 in all countries. St. Barth Creole is used on the eastern half of St. Barthelemy Is. Lesser Antillean Creole is also used in St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Grenada, and France. Creole, French based. Dialect: ST. BARTH CREOLE FRENCH. Very close to Martinique Creole. St. Barth Creole is distinct in grammatical, phonological, and lexical feaatures, and may not be a dialect (J. Maher 1989). Bible portions 1894-1992. Work in progress.

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