Bermuda is a United Kingdom overseas territory found in the northern region of the Atlantic Ocean. It became a colony of the UK in 1707 after the parliaments of England and Scotland were unified to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. The dominant language on the island of Bermuda is English with some characteristics of the American, British English, and West Indies variations. British English is mostly used in writing and professional settings. Most people cannot exactly pinpoint the Bermudian accent since it is not exactly British, American, or Caribbean. Bermudian English is classified as a type of American English.
In Bermuda, it is common for people to speak in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. The Portuguese emigrated from Cape Verde and the Azores and have maintained their culture alive on the island. The Portuguese community has a club known as the Vasco da Gama Club that acts as a social center for new emigrants. The Portuguese community makes up to 25% of the population. In addition, there is a small French community on the island.
An interesting feature of Bermudian English is the letters A and E. Bermudians pronounce the a’s like e’s and vice versa. Other interesting words in the Bermudan English include “Sed-See” which means Saturday. Besides, Canadian pronunciations have had influence on the language in Bermuda as a result of Canadian exiles who settled on the island in 1838.
Although the majority of the population of Bermuda is of African descent or European descent, there exist other minority populations. People who identify with being of mixed ethnicity account for 6.4% of the population. A segment of Bermudians consists of a growing Asian community (4%). Furthermore, there is an unspecified ethnic group that represents 4% of the population.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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