The Yinka Déné Language Institute
646 Stoney Creek Road
Vanderhoof BC V0J 3A1 Canada
250-561-5848, local 5460 (telephone)
250-561-5874 (FAX)


The Yinka Déné Language Institute is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Yinka Dene language and culture. Our activities include:




News and Announcements

Place Name Map
A map of place names is now available. Clicking on a marker brings up a balloon containing the name. The Carrier name may in turn be a link to an entry in one of the web dictionaries. You can find a place by name by using the index at the left. Clicking on a name in the index centers the map on that location and makes the marker bounce.
Lheidli Web Dictionary
An electronic dictionary of Lheidli dialect is now available. This is one of several dictionaries generated from the same databases as underlie the printed dictionaries of these dialects. The electronic dictionaries have numerous advantages and enhancements, including audio files, colour images, extensive cross-referencing, more than twenty indices, regular expression search of both Carrier and English, example sentences with word-by-word glosses, charts explaining the structure of verbs, and links from technical terms to a grammar sketch. These dictionaries may be used on any device provided with a web browser: desktop, laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone.
Not every entry has the full array of information. In particular, at the moment only a minority have audio files. More are gradually being added. (If you want to check out the multimedia, try entries for animals or birds, which are especially well-endowed.) Needless to say, the dictionary as a whole is a work in progress.
In order to reduce clutter, additional information is provided in many cases by means of tool tips. Hover over an item to see if there is an associated tool tip. For example, if you hover over the button for playing a sound file, it will probably have an associated tool tip telling you who the speaker is.
On entering the dictionary, it is suggested that you begin by clicking the "random entry" button, which will ensure that everything is set up properly, fill the empty screen, and perhaps teach you a new word.
Clicking on the question-mark icon at the upper right opens a manual in a new tab or window. It is recommended that new users at least skim the manual.
S̲aik'uẕ Web Dictionary
An electronic dictionary of S̲aik'uẕ dialect is now available. This is one of several dictionaries generated from the same databases as underlie the printed dictionaries of these dialects. The electronic dictionaries have numerous advantages and enhancements, including audio files, colour images, extensive cross-referencing, more than twenty indices, regular expression search of both Carrier and English, example sentences with word-by-word glosses, charts explaining the structure of verbs, and links from technical terms to a grammar sketch. These dictionaries may be used on any device provided with a web browser: desktop, laptop, tablet, iPad, or smartphone.
Not every entry has the full array of information. In particular, at the moment only a minority have audio files. More are gradually being added. (If you want to check out the multimedia, try entries for animals or birds, which are especially well-endowed.) Needless to say, the dictionary as a whole is a work in progress.
In order to reduce clutter, additional information is provided in many cases by means of tool tips. Hover over an item to see if there is an associated tool tip. For example, if you hover over the button for playing a sound file, it will probably have an associated tool tip telling you who the speaker is.
On entering the dictionary, it is suggested that you begin by clicking the "random entry" button, which will ensure that everything is set up properly, fill the empty screen, and perhaps teach you a new word.
Clicking on the question-mark icon at the upper right opens a manual in a new tab or window. It is recommended that new users at least skim the manual.
Christmas Shopping
Here is a list of sources for language-related Christmas shopping.
RSS feed
We now have an RSS feed. Subscribe to be notified of updates to the site: RSS.
Yinka Dene Dustl'us
Shana Labatch and Lillian Sam at the Learning Hub at the College of New Caledonia in Fort St. James are publishing a monthly newsletter almost entirely in Carrier called the Yinka Dene Dustl'us. Submissions from readers are welcome. It can be downloaded here.
The Carrier Language: a brief introduction
A slightly revised new printing of The Carrier Language: A Brief Introduction is now available from the College of New Caledonia Press.
Pocket English-Carrier Dictionary
A pocket-sized dictionary of Stuart Lake Carrier has been published. This dictionary is designed especially for those learning the language. Although pocket-sized, it contains over 3,000 entries. Here is a flyer with more information, and here are two sample pages. Contact Nak'azdli band office: 250-996-7171.

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For information about other First Nations languages of British Columbia, about the First Nations languages of British Columbia in general, and about endangered languages, language maintenance, and related topics, go to the First Nations Languages of British Columbia web site.

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Updated 2014-09-15



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