Javanese, Caribbean

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A language of Suriname

Alternate Names
Suriname Javanese
Population

60,000 in Suriname (1986). Ethnic population: 71,900 (2004 census).

Location

Coastal.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Significantly different from Javanese [jav] of Indonesia.

Language Use

All domains, except education. All ages. Also use Dutch [nld].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Poetry. Magazines. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1999–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Descended from plantation workers brought from Java between 1890–1939. Muslim, traditional religion.

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