South Slavey (Dene Zhatıé / ᑌᓀ ᒐ)

South Slavey is variety of Slavey, a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in northern Canada, specifically in the District of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories, and also in northeast Alberta and northwest British Colombia. In 2006 there were 1,235 speakers of South Slavey.

South Slavey is also known as Slavi, Slave, Dené, Mackenzian, Dene Zhatié, Dene-thah, Dené Dháh, ᑌᓀ ᔪᕠᐁ and ᑌᓀ ᒐ.

South Slavely is recognized as an official language in the Northwest Territories. This means that it can be used in courts, and in the local legislature. Laws and other documents can be published in South Slavey on request. A program to revitalize Slavey was started by the Universty of Victoria in 2015. It involves bringing together fluent speakers and learners, who learn the language through immersion.

Latin alphabet for South Slavey

Latin alphabet for South Slavey

South Slavey Syllabarium

South Slavey Syllabarium


Download script charts for South Slavey in Excel or PDF format

Details of South Slavey scripts and pronunciation provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample video in South Slavey


Information about Slavey

Na-Dené languages

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

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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