Languages of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica's official and predominant language is Spanish; the variety spoken there, Costa Rican Spanish, is a form of Central American Spanish. However, Costa Rica is also home to at least five local indigenous languages (Maléku, Cabécar, Bribri, Guaymí, and Bocotá), as well as Costa Rican Sign Language. An English-based creole language called Mekatelyu is spoken to varying degrees in Limón Province. The Quakers community, who settled in Monteverde in early 1950s, speaks an ancient dialect of English, using thou instead you.[1] [2]

Indigenous languages[edit]

Currently, in Costa Rica, there are five indigenous languages that are still used by their respective populations. All of them belonging to the Chibcha language family. Those languages are:

The Oto-Manguean language Chorotega is extinct, but was once spoken in Costa Rica.

Sign languages[edit]

Several sign languages are used in Costa Rica. Attested ones are (New) Costa Rican Sign Language, Old Costa Rican Sign Language, Bribri Sign Language, and Brunca Sign Language.


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