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[eng] 1,600 in Saint Lucia (2004). Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Dialects: Saint Lucian English. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English Comments: An emerging English vernacular on Saint Lucia in a rural area is significantly restructured, heavily French Creole [acf] influenced, English lexicon (1998 P. Garrett).

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Saint Lucian Creole French
[acf] Also in Dominica (Dominican Creole French), France (Lesser Antillean Creole French), Grenada (Grenadian Creole French), Guyana, Saint Martin (Lesser Antillean Creole French), Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidadian Creole French). 158,000 in Saint Lucia (2001). Population total all countries: 359,450. Status: 5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity. Alternate Names: Grenadian Creole French, Kwéyòl, Lesser Antillean Creole French, Patois, Patwa Dialects: Not intelligible with standard French [fra]. All French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat mutually inherently intelligible (Goodman 1964). Dominica dialect is virtually the same as Saint Lucia (97%–99% intelligibility). Classification: Creole, French based Comments: Christian.

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