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Languages of Saint Lucia

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Saint Lucia. 164,213. National or official language: English. Independent member of the British Commonwealth. 238 sq. miles. Literacy rate: 54%. Information mainly from L. Carrington 1984; H. Simmons-McDonald 1994. Blind population: 2,276 (1991 census). Deaf population: 800 to 8,791. Deaf institutions: 1. The number of languages listed for Saint Lucia is 2. Of those, both are living languages.

Living languages


[eng] 1,600 in Saint Lucia (2004).  Dialects: Saint Lucian English.  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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Saint Lucian Creole French

[acf] 158,178 in Saint Lucia (2001). Population total all countries: 357,128. Also spoken in Dominica, France, Grenada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago. Alternate names: Patwa, Patois, Kwéyòl, Lesser Antillean Creole French.  Dialects: Not intelligible with Standard French. Saint Lucia Creole French is close to Dominican Creole French (97% to 99% intelligibility). Goodman (1964) says all French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat inherently intelligible to each other's speakers. The dialect of Dominica is virtually the same as Saint Lucia.  Classification: Creole, French based 
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