Dogrib

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Flanc-de-chien, Thlingchadine
Autonym
Tlicho
Population

1,650 (2016 census). 250 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 3,220 (2018).

Location

Northwest Territories, between Great Slave lake and Great Bear lake. 6 communities: Bechoko, Whati (formerly Lac la Martre), Gameti, Wekweti, Detah, and Ndilo (a subcommunity of Yellowknife). Rae is center. Detah and Ndilo host the Weledeh dialect.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Statutory language of provincial identity in NWT (1988, NWT Official Languages Act, Chapter 56 (Supplemented), Section 4), restricted offical use. Language of recognized indigenous peoples: Dechi Laot’i, Dog Rib Rae, Gameti, Wha Ti, Yellowknives Dene.

Dialects

Weledeh, Central Dogrib. Detah-Ndilo dialect developed from intermarriage between Yellowknife Subdivision of the Dëne [chp] and Dogrib. Lexical similarity: 84% with Southern Slavey [xsl], 82% with Northern Slavey [scs].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Adults prefer to use Dogrib in most contexts. Some young people, all adults. Also use English [eng]. Up to 84% speak it to some extent. 14% are balanced bilinguals, and another 16% speak it better than Dogrib.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Dictionary. NT: 2005–2008.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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