Carrier

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Central Carrier, Dakelhne, Takelne, Takulie
Autonym
Dakelh
Population

680 (FPCC 2014). 1,380 semi-speakers (FPCC 2014). Ethnic population: 9,350 (FPCC 2014).

Location

British Columbia province: Stuart and Trembleur lake area.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting). Language of recognized indigenous peoples: Burns Lake, Cheslatta Carrier, Lheidli T’enneh, Lhoosk’uz Dene, Lhtako Dene, Nadleh Whuten, Nak’azdli Whut’en, Nazko, Saik’uz, Stellat’en, Takla Lake, Tl’azt’en, Toosey, Ulkatcho, Yekooche.

Dialects

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

Language Use

Not acquired by children as L1. Speakers are 25 and older. Also use English [eng], especially children and young adults.

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

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