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Languages of Bahamas

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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. 323,000. National or official language: English. 30 inhabited islands. Literacy rate: 95% (1990). Immigrant languages: Greek (800), Haitian (20,000). Deaf population: 16,451. Deaf institutions: 2. The number of individual languages listed for Bahamas is 3. Of those, 2 are living languages and 1 has no known speakers.
Bahamas Creole English

[bah] 225,000 in Bahamas (1987). Also in United States. Alternate names: Bahamian Creole English, Bahamian Dialect.  Dialects: Good comprehension of Sea Island Creole [gul]. Very similar to Sea Island Creole [gul] and Afro-Seminole [afs] of USA (Hancock 1980). Major differences with Sea Island are in phonology, a few words, regional expressions, grammatical differences (verbal markers). There is a spectrum of varieties from Standard USA English usage to creole (Todd and Hancock 1986).  Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Northern 
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English

[eng] 49,300 in Bahamas (2004).  Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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Taino

[tnq] Extinct. Ethnic populations also in Florida and New Jersey, USA; Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, and Cuba. Classification: Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Caribbean 
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