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Languages of Dominica

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Commonwealth of Dominica. 69,278. National or official language: English. Self governing part of British West Indies. Literacy rate: 80% to 94%. Deaf population: 5,335. The number of languages listed for Dominica is 4. Of those, 3 are living languages and 1 is extinct.

Living languages

Dominican Creole French

[acf] 42,600 in Dominica (1998).  Alternate names: Lesser Antillean Creole French, Patwa, Patois, Kwèyòl.  Classification: Creole, French based 
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[eng] 10,000 in Dominica (2004).  Dialects: Dominican English.  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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Kokoy Creole English

[aig] 200 in Dominica (2004). Kokoy dialect is in 2 villages: Marigot and Wesley in northeast Dominica. Alternate names: Leeward Caribbean Creole English.  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern 
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Extinct languages

Carib, Island

[crb] Extinct. Formerly also in Lesser Antilles, excluding Trinidad. Also spoken in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Dialects: Was not intelligible with Black Carib (D. Taylor 1959). Vincentian on Saint Vincent may have been closer to Black Carib than to Island Carib. Not inherently intelligible with Garífuna (D. Taylor IJAL 1959:67).  Classification: Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Caribbean 
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