Ethnologue: Areas: Africa

Seychelles

72,000 (1995). Republic of Seychelles. Includes Aldabra, Farquhar, Des Roches; 92 islands. Literacy rate 62% to 80%; 44% (1977 C. M. Brann). Information from D. Bickerton 1988; J. Holm 1989. Data accuracy estimate: A2. Christian, secular, Hindu, Muslim, Baha'i. Blind population 150 (1982 WCE). The number of languages listed for Seychelles is 3.

ENGLISH [ENG] 1,601 in Seychelles (1971 census); 322,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Germanic, West, North Sea, English. Principal language of the schools. National language. Bible 1382-1989. NT 1380-1985. Bible portions 1530-1987.

FRENCH [FRN] 977 in Seychelles (1971 census); 72,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Romance. Spoken by the French settler families, 'grands blancs'. National language. Bible 1530-1986. NT 1474-1980. Bible portions 1483-1987.

SESELWA (SEYCHELLOIS CREOLE, SEYCHELLES CREOLE FRENCH) [CRS] 68,400 (1990), 95.7% of the population (1982 Barrett). None in British Indian Ocean Territory. Creole, French based. Seychelles dialect is reported to be the same as Chagos. Structural differences with Mauritius are relatively minor. Not adequately intelligible with Reunion Creole. It is gaining rapidly in status. It is heard everywhere on the streets, in the shops and homes. The first 4 years of education are in Seselwa. Used for some subjects for 5 more years. The native language of virtually all its citizens (D. Bickerton 1988). 20% of radio broadcasting is in Seselwa. Dictionary and grammars. Fishermen. Christian. NT in press (1996). Bible portions 1974-1984.


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