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A short introduction 
22nd-Jul-2005 03:37 pm
Hello! Salut! See-a!

I'm new here. My name is Charlotte and I'm interested in languages, although I'm not terribly great with them.

I speak English, French and Slavey (Hare and Slavey dialects). I have some minimal knowledge of other languages, too. I'm currently learning Chipewyan from a friend of mine. Someday I hope to be fluent in all eight official languages here (here being the Northwest Territories, and the languages being English, French, Slavey, Gwich'in, Cree, Tlicho, Chipewyan and Inuktitut).

I look forward to reading and discussing languages in this community. :-)
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23rd-Jul-2005 02:20 am (UTC)
Bienvenue! :)

I seem to remember Dogrib as being a language of the NWT... am I missing something here?
24th-Jul-2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
Dogrib is the former name of the Tlicho (or Tli Cho) language and its people. The Tli Cho First Nation officially changed to the more correct name some years ago.
23rd-Jul-2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck learning all those languages. That's great that you speak Slavey. I assume it's the language you grew up speaking?

It's funny, I was just talking to a tourist about Aboriginal languages in Canada and the demographics involved (ie- how many people speak them, which ones are most widely spoken and in what areas)

I didn't realize that NWT had eight official languages. How's the signage up there? ;)

I plan on learning Méchif at some point, along with Plains Cree and Arabic.
24th-Jul-2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yes to that first point; my mother is Slavey.

Generally, you only see all eight languages in government situations - for example, the signs in the legislature are in all eight, but as for traffic signs and the like, you only usually see English.

The Government's Language site is here, if you're interested:
http://www.gov.nt.ca/langcom/home.htm

And good luck with the Mechif, Cree and Arabic. :-)
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