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Belize Kriol English

A language of Belize

ISO 639-3bzj

Population  70,000 in Belize (2006). Population total all countries: 110,000. Ethnic population: 158,000 including L2 speakers (1990).
Region  Most in Belize City; rural villages; along the coast; waterways. Also in United States.
Language map  Belize
Alternate names   Creola, Kriol, Northern Central America Creole English
Dialects  Similar to Nicaragua Creole English [bzk], and Islander (San AndrĂ©s) [icr] creoles. Historically an extension of Nicaragua Creole English. Dahufra was a creole used in the 16th-18th centuries.
Classification  Creole, English based, Atlantic, Western
Language use  Creoles, people of East Indian descent. Lingua franca in much of the country. Most domains. Positive attitude. Almost all L1 or L2 speakers.
Language development  Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1999.
Comments  Jamaican Creole English [jam] has different orthography. Timber; agriculturalists; fishermen; industrial workers; construction industry; commerce; government workers, teachers.