Languages of BahamasSee language map.
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||
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