Bahamas Creole English


A language of Bahamas

Alternate Names
Bahamian Creole English, Bahamian Dialect

225,000 in Bahamas (1987).

Language Status

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


None known. Good comprehension of and reportedly very similar to Sea Island Creole [gul] and Afro-Seminole [afs] in the United States (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).

Language Development

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

There is a continuum of variation from basilectal Creole to acrolectal English [eng] of the educated. Christian.