Grenada Languages

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English is the country's official language but the main spoken language is either of two creole languages: Grenadian Creole English and, less frequently, Grenadian Creole French or 'patois' which reflects the African, European, and native heritage of the nation. The creoles contain elements from a variety of African languages, French and English. Grenadian Creole French is mainly spoken in smaller rural area.

Some Hindi/Bhojpuri terms are still spoken amongst the Indo-Grenadian community descendants. [1]

Grenadian Creole English - Grenadian Creole English is a Creole language spoken in Grenada. It is a member of the Southern branch of English-based Eastern Atlantic Creoles. It is the common vernacular and the native language of nearly all inhabitants of Grenada, or approximately 89,000 native speakers in 2001. [2]

Grenadian Creole French or 'patois' - Grenadian Creole is a variety of Antillean Creole. In Grenada and among Grenadians, it is referred to as Patois. [3]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Grenada Local Language Idiom Table

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Materials for Reading Creole English "Broken English" : the Creole language of Carriacou Mwen ka alé : the French-lexicon Creole of Grenada : history, language and culture

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grenada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenada#Languages, accessed 20 March 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Grenadian Creole English," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenadian_Creole_English, accessed 20 March 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Grenadian Creole French," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenadian_Creole_French, accessed 20 March 2021.