Bahamas Creole EnglishPrint
225,000 in Bahamas (1987).
Also in United States.
6a (Vigorous). De facto language of national identity.
Good comprehension of Sea Island Creole [gul]. Very similar to Sea Island Creole [gul] and Afro-Seminole [afs] of USA (Hancock 1980). Major differences with Sea Island are in phonology, a few words, regional expressions, grammatical differences (verbal markers). There is a spectrum of varieties from standard American English usage to creole (Todd and Hancock 1986).
There is a continuum of variation from basilectal Creole to acrolectal English [eng] of the educated. Christian.