- Gwich’in language
Canada, United States
Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Alaska
speakers=770 (1998 Statistics Canada)
script=Latin (Northern Athabaskan variant)
The Gwich’in language is the Athabaskan language of the
Gwich’in indigenous people. In the Northwest Territoriesand Yukon Territoryof Canada, it is used principally in the towns of Inuvik, Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Old Crow, and Tsiigehtchic (formerly Arctic Red River). There are about 430 Gwich’in speakers in Canada out of a total Gwich'in population of 1,900.
Alaska, Gwich’in is spoken in Beaver, Circle, Fort Yukon, Chalkyitsik, Birch Creek, Arctic Village, Eagle, and Venetie, Alaska. About 300 out of a total Alaska Gwich’in population of 1,100 speak the language.
It is an official language of the Northwest Territories.
glottal stopin the name "Gwich’in" is usually written with symbol U+2019 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK, though the correct character for this use (with expected glyph and typographic properties) is U+02BC MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE.
Gwich'in is a member of the Canadian sub-group of the
Athabaskan languages, of the Na-Denefamily of languages. It shares the Han-Kutchin subgroup with the Han language.
There are several dialects of Gwich'in, including Fort Yukon Gwich'in, Arctic Village Gwich'in, Western Canada Gwich'in (Takudh, Tukudh, Loucheux), and Arctic Red River.
The consonants of Gwich'in in the standard orthography are listed below (with IPA notation in brackets):
:* "short":** a IPA| [a] :**e IPA| [e] :**i IPA| [i] :**o IPA| [o] :**u IPA| [u] :* "long":**aa IPA| [aː] :**ee IPA| [eː] :**ii IPA| [iː] :**oo IPA| [oː] :**uu IPA| [uː] :* nasal vowels are marked by an ogonek accent, e.g., ą:* low tone is optionally marked with a grave accent, e.g., à:* high tone is never marked
* Firth, William G., et al. "Gwìndòo Nành' Kak Geenjit Gwich'in Ginjik = More Gwich'in Words About the Land". Inuvik, N.W.T.: Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board, 2001.
* Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board. "Nành' kak geenjit gwich'in ginjik = Gwich'in words about the land". Inuvik, NT, Canada: Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board, 1997.
* McDonald. "A Grammar of the Tukudh Language". Yellowknife, N.W.T.: Curriculum Division, Dept. of Education, Government of the Northwest Territories, 1972.
* Montgomery, Jane. "Gwich'in Language Lessons Old Crow Dialect". Whitehorse: Yukon Native Language Centre, 1994.
* Northwest Territories. "Gwich'in Legal Terminology". [Yellowknife, N.W.T.] : Dept. of Justice, Govt. of the Northwest Territories, 1993.
* Norwegian-Sawyer, Terry. "Gwich'in Language Lessons Gwichyàh Gwich'in Dialect (Tsiigèhchik--Arctic Red River)". Whitehorse: Yukon Native Language Centre, 1994.
* Peter, Katherine, and Mary L. Pope. "Dinjii Zhuu Gwandak = Gwich'in Stories". [Anchorage] : Alaska State-Operated Schools, Bilingual Programs, 1974.
* Peter, Katherine. "A book of Gwich'in Athabaskan poems". College, Alaska: Alaska Native Language Center, Center for Northern Educational Research, University of Alaska, 1974.
* Yukon Native Language Centre. "Gwich'in listening exercises Teetl'it Gwich'in dialect". Whitehorse: Yukon Native Language Centre, Yukon College, 2003. ISBN 1552421678
* [http://www.ynlc.ca/languages/gw/gw.html Yukon Native Language Centre: Gwich’in]
* [http://www.uaf.edu/anlc/langs/ga.html Alaska Native Language Center: Gwich’in]
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