Atikamekw language

Atikamekw language

speakers=5,545 [ Statistics Canada 2006] ]

The Atikamekw language (also known as Attikamek, Tête de Boule, Attimewk, Atihkamekw, Atikamek) is an Algonquian language, and is a dialect of the Cree language complex. It is spoken in southwestern Quebec by nearly all the Atikamekw. It is notable for being the only modern Cree dialect to still retain the /r/ sound which has become /n/, /y/, /l/ or /ð/ in all other Cree-Montagnais dialects. The dialect is also notable for having numerous borrowings from Ojibwe.


Atikamekw is an Algonquian language, of the Algic family of languages, and is descended from Proto-Algonquian. It is part of the Cree dialect continuum, along with Montaignais and Naskapi.



The consonants of Atikamekw in the standard orthography are listed below (with IPA notation in brackets):




Béland, Jean-Pierre. 1978. Atikamekw Morphology & Lexicon. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.

External links

* [ Atikamekw orthography and phonology]
* [ Native Languages page for Atikamekw]
* [ Ethnologue entry for Atikamekw]

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