A language of United States


No known L1 speakers. The last speaker, Marie Smith Jones, died in January 2008 (2008 BBC News). Ethnic population: 50 (1995 M. Krauss).


Alaska: Copper river mouth.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Recognized language (2014, Official Languages of Alaska Law as amended, Alaska Statute 44.12.310).

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development

Dictionary. The Eyak Preservation Council is working to revive the language, and the organization has produced a comprehensive learner’s website. The Eyak Language Revitalization Project organized the first Eyak Language Workshop in 2014 in Anchorage.

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