Upper Tanana is a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of eastern Alaska and neighbouring parts of Yukon in Canada. It is spoken mainly in the Northway (Kʼehtthiign), Tetlin (Teełąy), and Tok in Alaska. In 2007 there were about 100 speakers of Upper Tanana, all of whom of over 60 years old. The language is also known as Tabesna or Nabesna, and is closely related to Tanacross.
A way of writing Upper Tanana with the Latin alphabet was developed by Paul G. Milanowski and Alfred John in the 1960s. They also produced a number booklets and dictionaries for use in schools.
In 2014 the State of Alaska recognized Upper Tanana as one of the official languages of the state, along with 19 other native Alaskan languages.
Tones can be indicated as follows: low tone is unmarked, high tone: é, falling tone: ê, rising tone: ě, extra-high tone: ő
Information about the Upper Tanana language and culture
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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