The Dakelh language is spoken in a large territory in central British Columbia, from Stewart lake in the north to the area around the city of Quesnel in the south-east. There are two major dialects: Central, and Southern, both of which will be covered on this page. Witsuwit’en-Nedut’en (Northern or Western Carrier) is occasionally classified as a dialect of Carrier, but this site will list it as a separate language.
The traditional orthography of the Carrier languages is syllabics introduced by A.-G. Morice in 1885 at Stuart Lake (Central dialect). His desire to redesign syllabics was in response to the difficulties in writing Dene langauges in Algonquian based orthographical systems, which have fewer consonant sounds. Currently, there is also a Roman orthography in use. Below the Roman orthography is used to exemplify pronunciation. For the syllabics, please see the link to the right.
Note: There are several Roman Orthography conventions on this site that may require further explanation. On the charts below, there is lots of phonetic terminology that may not be familiar to everyone.
crx = Central Carrier
caf = Southern Carrier
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