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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Dawson, Han-Kutchin, Hän, Moosehide
Autonym
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
Population

12 (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 50 (Golla 2007). Total users in all countries: 19.

Location

Alaska: Eagle; Yukon river near Alaska-Canada border.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (2014, Official Languages of Alaska Law as amended, Alaska Statute 44.12.310). Language of registered tribe: Native Village of Eagle.

Typology

49 consonants, 14 vowels (long and short) and 7 diphthongs; tonal (4 tones - high, low, rising, falling).

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development
Taught in bush schools as an elective to native and nonnative children. Taught in primary schools. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

There is a Han textbook with tapes for teaching the language.

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