Languages of Trinidad and TobagoSee language map.
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 1,324,000. Afro-Trinidadian 40%, East Indian 41%, mixed 14%, white 1%, Chinese 1%, other 1%. National or official language: English. Literacy rate: All 97%: male 98%, female 96%. Immigrant languages: North Levantine Spoken Arabic (2,600). Also includes Chinese (6,500). Information mainly from I. Hancock 1985; P. Mohan and P. Zador 1986; S. R. Sperl 1980; L. Winer 1993. Deaf institutions: 2. The number of individual languages listed for Trinidad and Tobago is 6. Of those, all are living languages.
15,600 in Trinidad and Tobago (1996). Ethnic population: East Indians are 41% of the population.
Alternate names: Trinidad Bhojpuri.
Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Eastern zone, Bihari
4,100 in Trinidad and Tobago (2004). Southern peninsula, fishing villages.
Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian
|Tobagonian Creole English||
36,000 (1990). Tobago.
Alternate names: Tobagonian Dialect.
Dialects: Most similar to Guyanese Creole English [gyn] and Saint Vincent [crb].
Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern
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|Trinidadian Creole French||
3,800 in Trinidad and Tobago (2004). Trinidad, Northern Range villages, island fishing communities, peninsular coastal settlements west of the capital (I. Hancock, ms.).
Alternate names: Lesser Antillean Creole French, Patois, Patwa.
Classification: Creole, French based