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Belize Kriol English
[bzj] Widespread, including communities on Ambergris and Caulker cayes. Population: 130,000 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 170,000. Status: 3 (Wider communication). Lingua franca in much of the country. Alternate Names: Miskito Coast Creole English, Western Caribbean Creole. Autonym: Kriol. Dialects: None known. Reportedly similar to Nicaragua Creole English [bzk] and Islander (San Andrés) [icr] creoles. Historically an extension of Nicaragua Creole English. There is a spectrum of varieties from standard American English usage to creole. Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Western.

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English
[eng] Widespread. Population: 240,000 in Belize, all users. L1 users: 184,000 in Belize (2014 UNSD). L2 users: 56,000 (Crystal 2003a). Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English.

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Garifuna
[cab] Belize, Stann Creek, and Toledo districts: 6 villages. Population: 8,440 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Ethnic population: 15,100 (2013 census). Status: 6b (Threatened). Alternate Names: Caribe, Central American Carib, “Black Carib” (pej.), “Moreno” (pej.). Classification: Maipurean, Northern, Maritime, Ta-Maipurean, Iñeri.

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Kekchí
[kek] Southwest corner, inland following east slopes, Maya Mountains, Toledo and Stann Creek districts; also in Cayo District, Belmopan area. Population: 17,600 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Status: 6a* (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Cacché, Ketchi, Quecchí. Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, K’ichean-Mamean, K’ichean.

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Maya, Mopán
[mop] Cayo, Stann Creek, and Toledo districts: highlands. Population: 10,600 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 13,060. Status: 5* (Developing). Alternate Names: Mopan, Mopane. Autonym: Maya Mopán. Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, Yucatecan, Mopan-Itzá.

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Maya, Yucatec
[yua] Cayo district: San Antonio and Succoths; possibly also Corozal and Orange Walk districts near the Mexico border. Population: 2,520 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Status: 6b (Threatened). Alternate Names: Maaya, Maaya t’aan, Maayáa, Maya, Yucantán Maya, Yucateco. Classification: Mayan, Yucatecan-Core Mayan, Yucatecan, Yucatec-Lacandon.

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Plautdietsch
[pdt] Cayo and Orange Walk districts: inland. Population: 9,360 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Status: 6a* (Vigorous). Alternate Names: German, Mennonite German. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, Low Saxon-Low Franconian, Low Saxon.

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Spanish
[spa] Corozal, Orange Walk, and Cayo districts. Population: 187,000 in Belize, all users. L1 users: 165,000 in Belize (2014 UNSD). L2 users: 22,000 (Instituto Cervantes 2017). Status: 3 (Wider communication). Alternate Names: Castellano, Español. Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian.

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