Babine

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Babine Carrier, Northern Carrier, Witsuwit’en
Population

200 (Golla 2007). 100 fluent speakers and 100 passive speakers of Wetsuwet’en. 200 speakers of all degrees of fluency of Babine Proper (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 250. In Babine Proper.

Location

Center north, British Columbia, scatted populations; Wetsuset’en dialect: Bulkley River communities and bands at Burns lake; Babine Proper dialect: Lake Babine and Takla Lake communities; some at Burns lake.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Babine Proper, Wetsuset’en.

Language Use

Wetsuwet’en dialect: no children are fluent speakers, some children are passive speakers. Babine Proper: few speakers under 25. No children are active speakers. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Bible portions: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].