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Languages of Barbados

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Barbados. 278,289. National or official language: English. Literacy rate: 98% to 99%. Deaf institutions: 2. The number of languages listed for Barbados is 2. Of those, both are living languages.

Living languages


[bjs] 259,000 (1995).  Alternate names: Barbadian Creole English.  Dialects: There is a basilectal variety spoken in a fishing village (Roy 1986). The speech of the poor and less educated is similar to the mesolect in nearby countries. Increasingly influenced by USA rather than United Kingdom English (Todd and Hancock 1986). Fewer than 20 lexical items are traceable to African origin (Niles 1980:148). Shares lexical features with Caribbean creoles.  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern 
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[eng] 13,000 in Barbados (1995).  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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