Guianese Creole French


A language of French Guiana

Alternate Names
French Guianese Creole French, Guyanais, Guyane, Guyane Creole, Patois, Patwa

50,000 (1977 SIL).

Language Status

4 (Educational).


All French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat mutually inherently intelligible (Goodman 1964). Intelligibility of Saint Lucia Creole [acf] is 78%, of Karipuna Creole [kmv] (Brazil) is 77%.

Language Use

L1 for over 30% of the population in the capital. Most important rural language. Educated people speak it, but avoid it. Low status. Not taught in schools. Some decreolization taking place. Most also use French [fra].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Latin script.