Babine-Witsuwitʼen

Babine-Witsuwitʼen is a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of British Columbia in Canada by about 430 people. It is closely related to Carrier, and is often called Northern Carrier or Western Carrier, but linguists generally classify it as a separate language.

There are two main dialects of Babine-Witsuwitʼen: Babine (Nedut'en), which is spoken around Babine, Trembleur and Takla Lakes; and Witsuwit'en, which is spoken in the Bulkley Valley by Broman and Skins Lakes. These dialects are very similar and differ main in pronunciation. Babine has 220 speakers, 161 of whom are fluent, and Witsuwit'en has 192 speakers with 131 of them fluent. The speakers are mostly adults - only a handful of children speak the language.

Babine-Witsuwitʼen alphabets and pronunciation

Babine-Witsuwitʼen alphabets and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Babine-Witsuwitʼen (Excel)

Sample text

Niwhdzï bï uzdïlhye k’ay skak nis widïzilh hiyï ’itadzïlh, ’enï niwhbe tsëh naantadzïl, niwhkinic hiyï’itadzïlh.

Translation

It gives us a beautiful feeling to know that our children will stand for us and use our language.

Details of Babine-Witsuwitʼen alphabet and pronuciation and the sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample videos

Information about Babine-Witsuwitʼen | Numbers

Links

Information about Babine-Witsuwitʼen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babine-Witsuwitʼen_language
https://maps.fpcc.ca/languages/nedut’en-witsuwit’en
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/bcr
http://www.native-languages.org/babine.htm

Na-Dené languages

Ahtna, Apache (Western), Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Kaska, Koyukon, Lipan Apache, Lower Tanana, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, North Slavey, Sekani, South Slavey, Tahltan, Tanacross, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tolowa, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tutchone, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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