Chilcotin

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Tzilkotin
Population

930 (2011 census). 100 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,500.

Location

South central British Columbia, west of Williams Lake. 7 reserve communities: Alexandria, Toosey, Anahim, Stone, Nemiah, Redstone, Ulkatcho.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Preferred by adults. Adolescents to elderly. Most children prefer English. Grandparents pass the language to some children. Many decry the perceived loss of Chilcotin among the younger generation. Also use English [eng] or Carrier [crx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 1993.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.