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American Sign Language
[ase] Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: ASL. Classification: Sign language. Comments: Non-indigenous.

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English
[eng] 41,600 in Saint Lucia, all users. 1,600 (2004). 40,000 (Crystal 2003a). Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Dialects: Saint Lucian English. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English. Comments: Non-indigenous. An emerging English vernacular on Saint Lucia in a rural area is significantly restructured, heavily French Creole [acf] influenced, English lexicon (1998 P. Garrett).

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Saint Lucian Creole French
[acf] 158,000 (2001). Total users in all countries: 359,450. Status: 5 (Developing). De facto language of national identity. Alternate Names: Grenadian Creole French, Lesser Antillean Creole French, Patois. Autonym: Kwéyòl, Patwa. Dialects: Not intelligible with standard French [fra]. All French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat mutually inherently intelligible (Goodman 1964). Dominica dialect is virtually the same as Saint Lucia (97%–99% intelligibility). Classification: Creole, French based. Comments: Christian.

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