Carrier

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Central Carrier
Population

1,530 (2011 census). Census does not separate Babine [bcr], Central Carrier[crx], and Southern Carrier [caf]. All Athapaskan L1 speakers in Canada 20,100 (1998 census). Ethnic population: 4,000 (Golla 2007).

Location

Central British Columbia, Stuart and Trembleur Lake area.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Grand Rapids, Middle River, Necoslie, Pinchie, Portage, Tachie.

Language Use

Not acquired by children as L1. Speakers are 25 and older. Most children and young adults prefer English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1995–2011.
Writing
Latin script. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script, no longer in use.