[fra] 7,300 in Guadeloupe (2004). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1958, French Constitution, Article 2), French overseas department. Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Gallo-Romance, Gallo-Rhaetian, Oïl, French Comments: Local variety is similar to Cajun French [frc] of the United States.
French Sign Language
Guadeloupean Creole French
[gcf] Marie Galante islands. Also in Martinique (Martiniquan Creole French), Saint Barthélemy (Saint Barthélemy Creole French). 430,000 in Guadeloupe (2001). Population total all countries: 849,000. Status: 6a (Vigorous). De facto language of national identity. Alternate Names: Kreyol, Patois, Patwa Dialects: Marie Galante Creole French, St. Barth Creole French. All French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat mutually inherently intelligible (Goodman 1964). Comprehension of Saint Lucia Creole [acf] is 89%. Classification: Creole, French based Comments: There is a continuum of variation from basilectal Creole to acrolectal French of the educated.