Slavey, South

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Dene, Dené, Denetha, Mackenzian, “Slave” (pej.), “Slavi” (pej.)
Population

530 (2011 census). Ethnic population: 3,600 (1995 M. Krauss).

Location

Northwest Territories, Great Slave Lake, upper Mackenzie River and drainage in Mackenzie District; northwest Alberta, Hay River area and the nearby Steen River-May Creek watershed; northeast British Columbia in Fort Nelson- Snake river area.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting). Statutory language of provincial identity in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56(Supplemented), Section 4), restricted official use.

Dialects

In North [scs] and South Slavey dialect continuum which includes Hare, Bear Lake, Mountain, South Slavey, northern Alberta Slavey and Fort Nelson Slavey. A member of macrolanguage Slave [den].

Language Use

Older people still use South Slavey in smaller, isolated communities; serious attrition among children and young people. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1891.
Writing

Latin script [Latn]. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans], no longer in use.