Atikamekw

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Atihkamekw, Atikamek, Attikamek, Attimewk, Tête de Boule
Population

5,920 (2011 census).

Location

Quebec province: between La Tuque and Senneterre, 200–400 km north of Montreal, along the upper reaches of Saint Maurice river, 3 isolated communities on Manuane, Obedjiwan, and Weymontachie reservations.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nonpalatalized r-dialect within Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi language complex or dialect continuum. Very different from Montagnais [moe] and Naskapi [nsk] nearby.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

3 subgroups: Manawan, Wemotaci, Opitciwan.

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