Babine

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Babine Carrier, Nedut’en, Northern Carrier, Witsuwit’en
Population

430 (FPCC 2014). 295 semi-speakers (FPCC 2014). 100 fluent speakers and 100 passive speakers of Wetsuwet’en. 200 speakers of all degrees of fluency of Babine Proper (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 3,410 (FPCC 2014).

Location

Center north, British Columbia, scatted populations; Wetsuset’en dialect: Bulkley River communities and bands at Burns lake; Babine Proper dialect: Lake Babine and Takla Lake communities; some at Burns lake.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Babine Proper, Wetsuset’en.

Language Use

Wetsuwet’en dialect: no children are fluent speakers, some children are passive speakers. Babine Proper: few speakers under 25. No children are active speakers. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Bible portions: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].