Belize Kriol English


A language of Belize

Alternate Names
Kriol, Miskito Coast Creole English, Western Caribbean Creole

130,000 in Belize (2014 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 170,000.


Widespread, including communities on Ambergris and Caulker cayes.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). Lingua franca in much of the country.


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.

Language Use

Creoles, people of East Indian descent. Most domains. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Garifuna [cab], Plautdietsch [pdt].

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2012.

Latin script [Latn].

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