Deg Xinag is a Northern Athabaskan language spoken along the lower Yukon River in Alaska in the USA. It is spoken by the Deg Hit'an peoples in Shageluk, Anvik and Holy Cross. In 2007 there were 40 native speakers, and 280 Deg Hit'an people.
The language is also known as Ingalik. This comes from the Yup'ik word Ingqiliq (Indian), and is considered pejorative.
There are two main dialects: Yukon and Kuskokwim. The former is also known as Yukon Deg Xinag or Yukon Ingalik, and the latter is also known as Kuskokwim Deg Xinag or Kuskokwim Ingalik.
Deg Xinag was first documented in the late 19th century. During the 20th century a number of religious and other works were translated into the language.
Some information about Deg Xinag pronunication provided by Wolfram Siegel
Dennaqwu Tho, yu ye¢edonen, ñi erzre yian ñizren. Diñita yuqhotsu denna ñitsuqutiçda¢hl Dennatiq. Yuqhotsu hokaidiñitaitsun diñita hokuitlne, go ñan wukudzu, yu yit huku. Gout dran dennagu nuxaintltçun denna tloñuaiq, drantu qounnet. Yithoitsun yuqhotsu dennagu trohaidtuqtsun ditroutantsun kuçqunihlneq, yuqhotsu denna qavwugu trohaidtuqtsun tdu denna quhlantsun utdoxwun kuçqutdradlniq hukudutrihlan. Yithoitsun denna oqo quqaidtroç tuqoitsun denna tiçihltaq; Dahlinni trohaidtuqtu qoxogitdu noundennañihltaiq. Kwatdedl nitde yian Dennatiq eñilan, eñitlitç, eñizren, tsuqoyan. Amen.
Dinaxito’ yoyet dhedo ts’in’ ngi’ezre’ yan’ titl’i’o. Vighun’ deningidhit ts’in’ngixiyo’ axa yoyet xiq’i go ngan’qogg dighenax. Go dranh xonet dina vav lay dinatl’ongila. Ngighu gits’i ditr’it’anh da’ dinaghun’ q’ith xinijneyh. Dinaghun’ gits’i dit’anhin xivighu q’ith tr’ixinijneyh ts’ixiq’at. Tr’ixet’uxdi xits’idz dinatighelalin. Tr’ixet’ux ts’in’ dinak’odz xindingijnek.
The first sample text is in a different spelling system to the second. I have been unable to find details of this spelling system.
Supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum
Information about Deg Xinag
Ahtna, Apache (Western), Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Kaska, Koyukon, Lipan Apache, Lower Tanana, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, North Slavey, Sekani, South Slavey, Tahltan, Tanacross, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tolowa, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tutchone, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana
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