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Carrier syllabary (Déné Syllabics)  Carrier (Dulkw'ahke)

The Carrier syllabary, or Déné Syllabics, was devised by Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice in 1885. He adapted it from the syllabic writing systems developed for the Athabaskan languages of the Northwest Territories of Canada by Father Emile Petitot.

The Carrier syllabary was fairly widely used for several decades for such purposes as writing diaries and letters and leaving messages on trees. Though the syllabary is no longer used or understood by many people, there has been a recent revival of interest in it and it occasionally appears on plaques and memorials.

In the 1960s, the Carrier Linguistic Committee in Fort St James developed an alternative writing system based on the Latin alphabet. This system is now the most popular writing system for Dakelh.

Used to write

Carrier (Dakeł / ᑕᗸᒡ), an Athabascan language spoken by 3,600 people in central British Columbia, Canada.

This syllabary has also been adapted to write a number of other indigenous languages of North American such as Cree and Inuktitut.

Carrier syllabary

Carrier Syllabary / Déné Syllabics

Carrier Syllabary / Déné Syllabics

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Yinka Déné Language Institute

Information about Déné syllabics

Carrier - Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics transliteration system

Na-Dené languages

Apache, Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Koyukon, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, Sarcee, Sekani, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tutchone

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

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