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Atikamekw

Atikamekw is a variety of Cree, an Algonquian language, and is spoken in southwestern Quebec in Canada by about 5,900 people. Atikamekw speakers live mainly between La Tuque (Capetciwotakanik), Quebec (Opictikweak) and Senneterre, and along the upper reaches of the Saint Maurice river. The language is also known as Attikamek, Tête de Boule, Attimewk, Atihkamekw or Atikamek.

The Atikamekw people, who call themselves Nehiraw-iriniw, are a politically distinct nation, so although Atikamekw is a variety of Cree, it is often considered a separate language.

Atikamekw is spoken by about 95% of the Atikamekw people. Most also speak French, though some are monolingual in Atikamekw. It is used in primary schools, in local government, on TV and online.

Atikamekw was first written by missionaries, and the spelling system was standardised by the Institut linguistique atikamekw (ILA), which was set up in 1986.

Atikamekw alphabet

Atikamekw alphabet and pronunciation

Long vowels can be indicated by a circumflex accent, but this is not often used in writing.

Sample text in Atikamekw

Weckatc ka pe apicician ni ki mireriten notcimik e tacikeian mamowi ninikihikok.

E takwakik ni kospihenan ka pe pipona nac kotc e iti miroskamik ka ickwa piponiciak. Ite ka ici nokiak ka niskwetinak icinikatew. Minawatc e ici mikawian nitata ko kicepa orapikatepan nicw otema.

Source: https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw051.afficher_texte

Another sample text in Atikamekw (Lord's Prayer

9. Ekoni tca ke ici aiamihaiekw: ‘Notawinan, wakwek ka tacikein, ni nataweritenan kitci kicteritcikatek kiticinikasowin, 10. kitci otcitciparik kokimawin, kaie e iteritaman kitci totcikatek ota askik tapickotc wakwek. 11. Miricinan anotc ke mitciak. 12. Kaie kasihamawicinan e matci totamak, tapickotc e ici ponerimakitcik aniki ka matci totawimitcik. 13. Kaie akawir pakitinicinan kitci kokwetcihikoiak Matci Manito. [Kir meka kai ci tataman okimawin, mackawisiwin, acitc icperitakosiwin, kakike nespitc. Kekora ki iki.]’

Source: Kice Manito Ocki Omirwatcimowin. Le Nouveau Testament en atikamekw Société biblique canadienne, Toronto - 2014.

Information provided by Wolfgang Kuhl

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Links

Information about the Atikamekw language and people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atikamekw_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/17/language/atj/
http://www.languagegeek.com/algon/cree/atikamekw.html
http://www.atikamekwsipi.com/la_langue_atikamekw
http://www.native-languages.org/atikamekw.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atikamekw

Atikamekw phrases
http://cr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atikamekw_arimwewin
http://www.atikamekwsipi.com/alphabet
http://www.atlas-ling.ca/pdf/ATIKAMEKW_Manuel_Conversation.pdf

Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw / Atikamekw National Council
http://www.atikamekwsipi.com

Algonquian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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