Languages of Guyana

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Languages of Guyana
Official languages English
Sign languages American Sign Language

English is the official language of Guyana, which is the only South American country with English as the official language.[1][2]

Guyanese Creole (an English-based creole with African or East Indian syntax) is widely spoken in Guyana.[1]

A number of Amerindian languages are also spoken by a minority of the population. These include Cariban languages such as Macushi, Akawaio and Wai-Wai; and Arawakan languages such as Arawak (or Lokono) and Wapishana.[1][2]

Other languages spoken include Chinese, Hindi and Tamil.[1][2]

Second and third languages

Portuguese is increasingly being used as a second language in Guyana, particularly in the south of the country, bordering on Brazil.[1] French and Spanish are widely taught as foreign languages in secondary schools.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Smock, Kirk (2008). Guyana: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt. p. 19. ISBN 978 1 84162 223 1. 
  2. ^ a b c Ali, Arif (2008). Guyana. London: Hansib. ISBN 978-1-906190-10-1. 

External links

  • Ethnologue list (map)
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