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Ojibwe language

NameOjibwe language
NativenameAnishinaabemowin, ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒧᐎᓐ
United States
RegionCanada: Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, groups in Alberta, British Columbia; United States: Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, groups in North Dakota, Montana
Speakers56,531 (47,740 in Canada; 8,791 in the United States)
EthnicityOjibwe people
Fam3Central Algonquian
ScriptLatin alphabet, various orthographies in Canada and the United States; Ojibwe syllabics in Canada; Great Lakes Algonquian syllabary in the United States
Lc1ojs|ld1=Severn Ojibwa|ll1=Anishinini language
Lc2ojg|ld2=Eastern Ojibwa|ll2=Eastern Ojibwa language
Lc3ojc|ld3=Central Ojibwa|ll3=Central Ojibwa language
Lc4ojb|ld4=Northwestern Ojibwa|ll4=Northwestern Ojibwa language
Lc5ojw|ld5=Western Ojibwa|ll5=Western Ojibwa language
Lc6ciw|ld6=Chippewa|ll6=Chippewa language
Lc7otw|ld7=Ottawa|ll7=Ottawa language
Lc8alq|ld8=Algonquin|ll8=Algonquin language
Lingua62-ADA-d (Ojibwa+Anissinapek)

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noticeOjibwe (or Ojibwa, Ojibway, or Chippewa), also called Anishinaabemowin, is an indigenous language of the Algonquian language family. Ojibwe is characterized by a series of dialects that have local names and frequently local (non-indigenous) writing systems. There is no single dialect that is considered the most prestigious or most prominent, and no standard writing system that covers all dialects. The relative autonomy of the regional dialects of Ojibwe is associated with an absence of linguistic or political unity among Ojibwe-speaking groups.

The dialects of Ojibwe are spoken in Canada from southwestern Quebec, through Ontario, Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan, with outlying communities in Alberta, and in the United States from Michigan through Wisconsin and Minnesota, with a number of communities in North Dakota and Montana, as well as migrant groups in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The aggregated dialects of Ojibwe comprise the second most commonly spoken First Nations language in Canada (after Cree), and the fourth most widely spoken in the United States or Canada behind Navajo, Inuit and Cree .

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