Guyanese Creole English


A language of Guyana

Alternate Names
Guyanese Creole

650,000 in Guyana. 250,000 Blacks and 400,000 Hindustanis. Total users in all countries: 683,000.


Widespread. Possibly also in French Guiana.

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Language Status

5* (Developing). De facto language of national identity.


Afro-Guyanese Creole, Rupununi, Indo-Guyanese Creole. Most similar to creoles of Saint Vincent and Tobago (Holbrook). Rupununi dialect may be a separate language. Rupununi claim they are not mutually inherently intelligible.

Language Use

The first or second language of most, but it has no official status. Home. Neutral attitudes. Used as L2 by Macushi [mbc], Sarnami Hindustani [hns], Warao [wba].

Language Development

Literature. Radio. TV. Videos. Grammar. Texts.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

There is a continuum of variation from basilectal Creole to acrolectal English of the educated.

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