Languages of Guyana

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Languages of Guyana
Official languagesEnglish
Sign languagesAmerican 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 and 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]

Second and third languages[edit]

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 most secondary schools.

References[edit]

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

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