Saint Lucian Creole French

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A language of Saint Lucia

Alternate Names
Grenadian Creole French, Kwéyòl, Lesser Antillean Creole French, Patois, Patwa
Population

158,000 in Saint Lucia (2001). Population total all countries: 359,450.

Location

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).

Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity.

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).

Language Use

In French-influenced islands nearly all speak Creole as L1, although also a local variety of standard French. In English influence areas, Creole has less standing, and speakers have a low literacy rate. All domains. Some also use French [fra] or English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 36%. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1999.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.

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