Datapoint Michif/Geographic variation: phonology

There are three dialect groupings. The Camperville dialect is influenced by Ojibwe/Saulteaux, spoken on the neighbouring reserve Pine Creek. This is mostly manifested in increased voicing of stops. The third dialect, from southwestern Saskatchewan, deviates in the nature of the laterals (some /l/s have become /j/), but too little material is available to make a thorough assessment. For all other varieties of Michif, the phonological variation is minor. One example is that in several communities some people use preaspirated consonants like /ht/ and others use /st/ instead (the latter is an innovation). The main differences in the remaing varieties are: increasing loss of vowel length in French vowels in Turtle Mountain (ND) compared to Manitoba (R. Rhodes, p.c.)