Dominican Creole French

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Dominican Creole
Kwéyòl, patwa
Native to Dominica
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
French Creole
  • Haitian Creole
    • Antillean Creole
      • Dominican Creole
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
acf – Dominican Creole French
Linguasphere 51-AAC-ccg

Dominican Creole French is a creole French which is the generally spoken language in Dominica.[1]


It is a sub-variety of Antillean Creole, which is spoken in other islands of the Lesser Antilles and is very closely related to the varieties spoken in Martinique, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. The intelligibility rate with speakers of other varieties of Antillean Creole is almost 100%. Its syntactic, grammatical and lexical features are virtually identical to that of Martinican Creole, though, like its Saint Lucian counterpart, it includes more English loanwords than the Martinican variety. People who speak Haitian Creole can also understand Dominican Creole French.

Like the other Caribbean Creoles, Dominican French Creole combines syntax of African and Carib origin with a primarily French-derived vocabulary.[citation needed] In addition, many expressions reflect the presence of an English Creole and Spanish influences are also present in the language.

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  1. ^ "The Creole Language of Dominica". Retrieved 31 March 2014.