Algonquin

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Algonkin, Anishinaabemowin
Population

1,760 (2011 census), decreasing. 180 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 5,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

Quebec province: northwest of Ottawa, and Maniwaki; Ontario province: Golden Lake.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Northern Algonquin, Southern Algonquin (Nipissing). Northern Algonquin and Southern Algonquin varieties very different.

Language Use

Most are bilingual with over 25% multilingual. Religious services, administration, commerce. Mainly adults. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], French [fra], Southern East Cree [crj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Taught in primary schools. Some study of spoken and written forms in high school. New media. Dictionary. NT: 1998.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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