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Complex sentences 1. Diaspora speakers may amount to as many as 80, Belizean Creole is the lingua franca of the several ethnic groups that co-exist texxt Belize while English is the official languageand there is a wide language continuum that ranges from basilect to acrolect.
Map 1. Such diversity is due both to its pivotal geographical position at the juncture of Central America and the West Indies, and to its tumultuous history. The Bay of Honduras was for a long time a subject of dispute between Spain and England. Unlike other Caribbean regions, Belize was not initially a plantation society, but was primarily exploited for its precious woods.
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It is generally assumed that the slaves employed as woodcutters in Belize were imported probably in the s from Jamaica, which was the closest British colony, rather than directly from Africa, but there is no clear record of the time of arrival of the first slaves, or beelize their origin. Most slaves were probably Akan people of the Gold Coast Ghanaor came from Senegambia and Sierra Leone, but analysis of the language suggests other influences as well, notably Bantu Escure As the logwood trade was expanded to other British settlements along the Central American coast, such as the Bay Islands of Honduras and the Mosquito Shores of Nicaragua, there were extensive population movements across the area, due to various skirmishes between the Spanish and the British.
As the English colonists were forced by the Spanish in to evacuate the British settlement of the Mosquito Coast, they then settled in British Honduras with their Miskito allies Miskito kings were crowned in Belize City. The Miskito-Zambo were a mixed black-Indian population who had established commercial links with the British in the early part of the 18th century, conducting slave raids, and selling captives to the British for the Jamaican slave market or foreign settlers on the Miskito Coast.
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Other evacuees included English Puritans and their slaves who were routed out of Providence Island by the Spaniards, and had found refuge on the eastern Nicaraguan coast. Vincent to Central America in Escure b.
Only whites lived in Belize at this time Colonial Office The settlement became a Crown colony in and gained independence yext Although the Creole group is now statistically exceeded by Mestizos who are generally Spanish speakersBelizean Creole is in fact a thriving lingua franca, constantly gaining speakers thanks to its popularity and identity value even in the non-Creole population Escure ab, Yet, English is the sole official language and the required educational medium, which entails an extensive continuum, ranging between two poles: The creole vernacular is the basilect, whereas the official English norm is the acrolect, and intermediate varieties constitute the mesolect.
All examples presented below were recorded in spontaneous contexts during fieldwork that I conducted in Belize primarily in the Stann Creek District over several years, and illustrate the basilect vernacular.