Atikamekw

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Atihkamekw, Atikamek, Attikamek, Attimewk, Tête de Boule
Population

5,920 (2011 census).

Location

South central Quebec, between La Tuque, Quebec, and Senneterre, Quebec, 200–400 km north of Montreal, along the upper reaches of Saint Maurice river, 3 isolated communities on reservations of Manuane, Obedjiwan, and Weymontachie.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nonpalatalized r-dialect within Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi language complex or dialect continuum. Very different from Montagnais [moe] and Naskapi [nsk] nearby.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1980–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

3 subgroups: Manawan, Wemotaci, Opitciwan.