Upper Tanana language

About Nee'aandeegn'


Upper Tanana is spoken by Athabascans in Tok, Tetlin and Northway, as well as in the Scottie Creek Drainage in the Yukon. Upper Tanana is mutually intelligible with Tanacross, but uses a low lexical tone where Tanacross would use a high lexical tone. The language is spoken by 55 people in Alaska and about as many in Canada.


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Updated March 2021. 

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