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American Sign Language
[ase] Status: 5 (Developing). Classification: Deaf sign language Comments: What is called ‘ASL’ in Trinidad and Tobago is similar to Signed English in the United States, and is used more in the north. Many hearing and deaf hold ASL in high prestige, but some deaf people are beginning to publicly favor TTSL [lst].
[hns] 15,600 in Trinidad and Tobago (1996). Ethnic population: East Indians are 41% of the population. Status: 7 (Shifting). Alternate Names: Caribbean Hindustani, Trinidad Bhojpuri Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Eastern zone, Bihari Comments: Hindu, Christian, Muslim.
[spa] Southern peninsula, fishing villages. 4,100 in Trinidad and Tobago (2004). L2 users: 61,800 in Trinidad and Tobago (Instituto Cervantes 2012). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian
Tobagonian Creole English
[tgh] Tobago. 300,000 (2011 J. Ferreira). Status: 6a (Vigorous). De facto language of provincial identity in Tobago. Alternate Names: Tobagonian Dialect Dialects: None known. Reportedly most similar to Guyanese Creole English [gyn] and Vincentian Creole English [svc]. Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Eastern, Southern
Trinidad and Tobago Sign Language
[lst] Scattered. 2,000 (2008 E. Parks). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Trinidad Sign Language, TSL, TTSL Dialects: None known. Deaf people in Trinidad do not understand standard ASL [ase] from the United States; comprehension of Trinidad-style ASL varies, but appears to be due to bilingualism. Classification: Deaf sign language
Trinidadian Creole English
Trinidadian Creole French