Vincentian Creole English

Alternate Names
Vincy Twang

138,000 (Holm 1989).


Widespread in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). De facto language of national identity.


None known. Most similar to Guyana and Tobago. Exists in a continuum with standard English [eng], with speech in the capital of Kingstown most similar to standard English (the acrolect) and Island Carib descendents who live north of the Dry River being least similar to standard English.

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains. All ages.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

There is a continuum of variation from basilectal Creole to acrolectal English of the educated. Possible French influence, though former French creole is virtually gone. The only folk language (Holm 1989:457).