Falkland Islands English

Falkland Islands English is spoken by the roughly 3000 residents of the Falkland Islands, an Overseas Territory of the UK located east of Argentina in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. It developed from the mid-19th century onwards as a result of migration largely from the South-West of England and from Scotland. Whilst dialect contact has played a major role in the evolution of the variety, language contact has been much less significant: most migrants were Anglophone, and they came into contact with no indigenous population on arrival. The result is a highly levelled variety typologically similar to Southern varieties of English in England, and with the only evidence of language contact coming in the form of minimal lexical borrowing from Spanish.

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