Tlingit

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Kolosch, Kolosh, Łingít, Thlinget, Tlinkit
Population

500 in United States (Golla 2007), decreasing. Ethnic population: 10,000 (1995 M. Krauss). Total users in all countries: 502.

Location

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

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2014, Official Languages of Alaska Law as amended, Alaska Statute 44.12.310).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Mainly older adults, no children. Also use English [eng].

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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