Languages of BahamasSee language map.
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. 299,697. National or official language: English. 30 inhabited islands. Literacy rate: 95% (1990). Also includes Greek (800), Haitian Creole French (20,000). Deaf population: 16,451. Deaf institutions: 2. The number of languages listed for Bahamas is 3. Of those, 2 are living languages and 1 is extinct.
|Bahamas Creole English||
225,000 in Bahamas (1987). Also spoken in USA.
Alternate names: Bahamian Creole English, Bahamian Dialect.
Dialects: Intelligibility with Sea Islands Creole good. Very close to Sea Islands Creole and Afro-Seminole of USA (Ian Hancock). The major differences with Sea Islands are in phonology, a few words, regional expressions, and a few grammatical differences (verbal markers). There is a spectrum of varieties from Standard USA English usage to the creole (Todd and Hancock 1986).
Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Northern
49,331 in Bahamas (2004).
Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English
Extinct. Members of the ethnic group are also now in the USA, in Florida and New Jersey, in Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, and Cuba.
Classification: Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Caribbean