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Navajo

A language of United States

ISO 639-3nav

Population  149,000 (1990 census). 7,616 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 178,030 (2000 census).
Region  Northeast Arizona, northwest New Mexico, southeast Utah; a few in Colorado.
Language map  Southwestern United States of America
Alternate names   Navaho
Classification  Na-Dene, Nuclear Na-Dene, Athapaskan-Eyak, Athapaskan, Apachean, Navajo-Apache, Western Apache-Navajo
Language use  Vigorous in some families. L1 speakers among first graders are 30% versus 90% in 1968 (1998).
Language development  Bible: 1985–2000.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Prefer the name ‘Diné’.