Garifuna

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A language of Honduras

Alternate Names
Black Carib, Caribe, Central American Carib, Garífuna, Island Carib
Population

98,000 in Honduras (Rivas 1993). Population total all countries: 195,800. 100 monolinguals.

Location

North coast between Masca, Cortes Department, and Plaplaya, Gracias a Dios Department; also includes Atlántida, Colón, and Islas de la Bahía (Roatan island) departments, as well as cities La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and Puerto Cortés; 37 villages in Honduras, 46 elsewhere in Central America.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Eastern Garifuna, Western Garifuna. Eastern Garifuna dialect is in Honduras and Nicaragua (leaves out, r, and tends to shorten words), Western Garifuna in Guatemala and Belize. Related to Island Carib [car], with Spanish [spa], English [eng], and French [fra] borrowings.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Shifting to Spanish [spa] in some villages. All domains. Mostly positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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