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Belize Kriol English
[bzj] Most in Belize city; rural villages; along the coast; waterways. 70,000 in Belize (2006). Population total all countries: 110,000. Status: 3 (Wider communication).Lingua franca in much of the country. Alternate Names: Kriol Dialects: None known. Reportedly similar to Nicaragua Creole English [bzk] and Islander (San Andrés) [icr] creoles. Historically an extension of Nicaragua Creole English. There is a spectrum of varieties from standard American English usage to creole. Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Western

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English
[eng] 60,000 in Belize (2006). L2 users: 56,000 in Belize (Crystal 2003). Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English Comments: When Creole languages exist alongside their lexifier language, as in Belize, a continuum forms of variations between the Creole and the lexifier language It is therefore difficult to substantiate the number of Creole speakers and English speakers.

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Garifuna
[cab] Dangriga, Stann creek, and Toledo along the coast. 6 villages. 16,100 in Belize (2006). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: “Black Carib” (pej.), Caribe, Central American Carib, “Moreno” (pej.) Classification: Maipurean, Northern, Maritime, Ta-Maipurean, Iñeri

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Kekchí
[kek] Southern Belize. 11,200 in Belize (2006). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Cacché, Ketchí, Quecchí Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, K’ichean-Mamean, K’ichean

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Maya, Mopán
[mop] Toledo, Stann creek, and Cayo districts. 9,200 in Belize (2006). Population total all countries: 14,200. Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Maya Mopán, Mopane Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, Yucatecan, Mopan-Itzá

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Maya, Yucatec
[yua] Cayo District, San Antonio and Succoths. Possibly in Orange Walk and Corozal districts near the Mexico border. 6,000 in Belize (2006). Status: 6b (Threatened). Alternate Names: Maya, Yucantán Maya, Yucateco Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, Yucatecan, Yucatec-Lacandon

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Plautdietsch
[pdt] 6,900 in Belize (2006). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: German, Mennonite German Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon Comments: Christian.

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Spanish
[spa] Northern and western districts; scattered throughout the country. 101,000 in Belize (2006). Status: 3 (Wider communication). Alternate Names: Castellano, Español Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian

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