Native Speakers: 10 million; Total Speakers: 10-12 million
Haiti, Caribbean, North America (United States & Canada)
French Creole / Circum-Caribbean French
Follows a subject-verb-object (SVO) word order, with a highly analytical grammar. Verbs are not inflected for tense or person, unlike French. Many Haitian-Creole verbs are like the French infinitive form with no conjugations. Changes for tense, mood, and aspect are made possible by markers. While it is derived from French, it has its own distinct grammar and is not mutually intelligible with French.
Most of the Haitian-Creole lexicon (vocabulary) is borrowed from French, albeit with significant changes in pronunciation and morphology. The sentence structure, however, is more closely related to the West African Fon language. There are also significant borrowings and other influences from Wolof, Kongo, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Taino.
Northern dialect, spoken in Cap-Haitien; Central dialect, spoken in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince; Southern dialect spoken in the area of Cayes.
There are nearly 1 million Haitians living in the United States, with the largest concentrations found in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, and Louisiana (New Orleans). Most Haitian immigrants already have some English proficiency but speak Haitian-Creole at home and in their communities.
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