Guianese Creole French

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A language of French Guiana

Alternate Names
French Guianese Creole French, Guyanais, Guyane, Guyane Creole, Patois, Patwa
Population

L1 users: 50,000 (1977 SIL).

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. All French creoles of the Caribbean are somewhat mutually inherently intelligible (Goodman 1964). Intelligibility of Saint Lucia Creole [acf] is 78%, of Karipuna Creole [kmv] (Brazil) is 77%.

Language Use

L1 for over 30% of the population in the capital. Most important rural language. Educated people speak it, but avoid it. Low status. Not taught in schools. Some decreolization taking place. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Carib [car], Emerillon [eme], Wayampi [oym].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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