Languages of GuadeloupeSee language map.
Guadeloupe. 438,000. National or official language: French. A French Department in the Leeward Islands. 2 large islands: Basse Terre, Grande Terre; also Marie Galante, the Saintes group, Desirade, St. Barthélemy, most of St. Martin. Literacy rate: 89%–90%. The number of individual languages listed for Guadeloupe is 4. Of those, all are living languages.
|Guadeloupean Creole French||
430,000 in Guadeloupe (2001). Population total all countries: 848,000. Eastern St. Barthélemy, Marie Galante islands. Also in Martinique.
Alternate names: Kreyol, Martiniquan Creole French, Patois, Patwa.
Dialects: Marie Galante Creole French, St. Barth Creole French. St. Barth Creole is distinct in grammatical, phonological, and lexical features, and may be a separate language (Maher 1989). Comprehension of Saint Lucia Creole [acf] is 89%.
Classification: Creole, French based