October 13, 2005

Woods Cree is an indigenous language of Canada

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Region:

Far north Manitoba and Saskatchewan, inland southwest from Churchill, Manitoba into Saskatchewan.

Alternate Names

Dialects:

Nonpalatalized th-dialect within Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi language complex or dialect cluster.

Classification:

Algic -> Algonquian -> Central -> Cree-Montagnais-Naskapi -> Woods Cree

Population:

35,000 (1982 SIL). Ethnic population: 53,000 (1982 SIL).

Language use:

Vigorous. All ages. Speakers also use English.

Language development:

Literacy rate in first language: 1% to 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%. Cree syllabary, western finals.

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