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Languages of Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda. 68,320. Population includes 64,000 on Antigua, 1,200 on Barbuda (1997 govt. figures). National or official language: English. Self-governing part of British West Indies. Literacy rate: 90%. Also includes North Levantine Spoken Arabic (400), Portuguese (1,600), people from India and Pakistan. Deaf institutions: 1. The number of languages listed for Antigua and Barbuda is 2. Of those, both are living languages.

Living languages

Antigua and Barbuda Creole English

[aig] 66,970 in Antigua and Barbuda (2001). Population total all countries: 125,244. Spoken throughout Antigua and Barbuda. Also spoken in Anguilla, Dominica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, United Kingdom. Alternate names: Leeward Caribbean Creole English.  Dialects: Antiguan Creole English, Barbuda Creole English. Slightly intelligible with Jamaican and perhaps Bahamas creoles. May be close to English Creoles of the Virgin Islands and Netherlands Antilles. There is a creole continuum with Standard English.  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern 
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English

[eng]   Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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