Tlingit

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Kolosch, Kolosh, Thlinget, Tlinkit
Population

500 in United States (Golla 2007), decreasing. Population total all countries: 630. Ethnic population: 10,000 (1995 M. Krauss).

Location

Alaska; Yakutat north to Ketchikan south; inland, Carcross-Tagish.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Mainly older adults, no children. English [eng] is L1 or L2.

Language Development
Practical writing system developed in the 1960s. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1969.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl]. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Rich documentation of Tlingit literature and oratory in publications by Nora and Richard Dauenhauer (Golla 2007).

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