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- 1 Athabaskan/Athabascan?
- 2 Texas?
- 3 moved from Na-Dené languages
- 4 list too long?
- 5 Need better picture
- 6 Proto-Athabaskan
- 7 Comparanda
- 8 Genealogical relationships
- 9 Split peoples with languages?
- 10 Family Tree outline is a mess
- 11 concept of recent migration
- 12 There are citations for Kari 2009 & 1989 but no references
- 13 Kwalhioqua–Tlatskanai language
- 14 Number of Athabaskan speakers
- 15 Siletz (Oregon) Mention?
- 16 Where is the page Athabascan peoples ?
- 17 Athabaskan ≈ Basque Kinship?
Is there any particular reason that this page was created separately from the original Athabaskan page? It seems to me that it should just redirect to the other page, with any additional information incorporated into that page. They are, as far as I can tell, only variant spellings of each other, and so do not warrant separate pages. If you don't want me to change this back to a redirect, let me know soon.
- Lambda 18:14, 20 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Are there Navajo and Apache in Texas? -- Zoe
- there may be. some Apache groups are native to Texas, namely Mescalero and Lipan, and maybe Jicarilla. of course, as is well known, they had been forced elsewhere. Navajos are a little further west, but perhaps some Navajos have left their homelands to settle in Texas territory. — ishwar (SPEAK) 06:32, 2005 May 20 (UTC)
moved from Na-Dené languages
probably should incorporate this info into this article
- Ahtna language: 80 speakers, (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Beaver language
- Chipewyan language
- Hän language: 7 or 8 fluent speakers, (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Holikachuk language: 12 fluent speakers, (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Koyukon language: 300 speakers (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Tanaina language: 75 or fewer speakers (M. Krauss, 1997)
- Lower Tanana language: 30 or fewer speakers (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Upper Tanana language: 105 or fewer speakers (M. Krauss, 1995)
- Tolowa language: 5 speakers (SIL, 1977)
- Southern Athabaskan languages
- Jicarilla Apache language: 812 speakers, (1990 census)
- Plains Apache language: 18 speakers, (1990 census)
- Lipan Apache language: 2 or 3 speakers, (1981 R.W. Young)
- Mescalero Apache language: 1,521 speakers (1990 census)
- Chiricahua Apache language: 279 Chiricahua speakers (1990 census)
- Western Apache language: 12,693 speakers (1990 census)
- Navajo language: 148,530 speakers, (1990 census)
- Athabaskan-Californian languages
list too long?
hi. this list with all dialects/sublangs too long? there is the common problem (here as well as in other families) where dialects have historically been called distinct languages & where distinct languages have been called by the same name. this was my original reason for the inclusion of many dialects. however, it is rather lengthy.
- I'm relatively new to Wikipedia, so this question might look stupid: is it possible to create tree-lists? I mean those with the wrappable branches and subbranches (clicking on the little [+] would unwrap the branch and show the subbranches). If it's not possible here, perhaps we should suggest this feature to the Wiki-developers. What's your opinion? --Pet'usek 12:44, 18 March 2006 (UTC) (Czech Republic)
at any rate below is the pruned list
- Central Alaska – Yukon
- Southern Alaskan
- Central British Columbia
- Northwestern Canada
- PACIFIC COAST
- Hupa (Chilula, Hupa)
- Mattole-Bear River
- Eel River (Cahto, Lassik, Nongatl, Sinkyone, Wailaki)
- Upper Umpqua
- Rogue River
Need better picture
The Athabascan languages were traditionally spoken over a huge area in Canada and Alaska. We need to illustrate this. The current picture, which only shows the southern N. America areas, is woefully inadequate. Can anyone come up with something? — Nowhither 22:51, 23 August 2005 (UTC)
- Sure, just need more time. Here is the distribution of Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit including northern, Pacific, and southern Athabaskan.
- I ultimately envision a big picture map of the distribution over the entire continent and 3 more detailed maps showing every individual language in the 3 geographic regions. peace – ishwar (speak) 05:47, 2005 August 24 (UTC)
- That sounds like a great idea. In the mean time, I've replaced the pic on the article page with your more comprehensive pic. — Nowhither 19:06, 24 August 2005 (UTC)
Is Proto-Athabaskan really reconstructed as having two vowels? Campbell 1997 says that Krauss and Golla 1981, Krauss 1979, and Cook and Rice 1989 reconstruct i, u, e ([æ]), a ([ɔ]), and "reduced vowels" α, ə, and ʊ. --Whimemsz 02:02, 31 December 2005 (UTC)
- hi. no, there are 7 vowels as you say. i just havent finished writing it. if you know it, please add. peace – ishwar (speak) 16:28, 18 January 2006 (UTC)
- the vowels are important in the development of tone. it is a bit complicated. a nice book on Athabaskan prosody was published just this year that is useful. i was going to write something one day, but i am sidetracked now. i'll just take out the vowels until then. – ishwar (speak) 02:09, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
- Well...I look forward to reading about it when you do! Take care, --Whimemsz 02:17, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
Having no dictionary of Athabascan languages (nor any other Na-Dene tongues), I cannot do this myself. But could someone possibly make a list of basic vocabulary items (Dolgopolski's 15-, Yakhontov's 35-, Swadesh's 100- or 200-word list) or, at least, give me some information on where I could find an on-line dictionary of any Athabascan language? Thank you very much in advance.
--Pet'usek 12:40, 18 March 2006 (UTC) (Czech Republic)
- I dont believe that there is an online dictionary. (I wish there were.) Look up the work of Michael Krauss & Jeff Leer to see reconstructed forms of Proto-Athabascan, Pre-Proto-Athabascan, and Proto-Athabascan-Eyak. (Pre-Proto-Athabascan is an internally reconstructed language intermediate between Proto-Athabascan and Proto-Athabascan-Eyak.) I dont know how developed Proto-Athabascan-Eyak-Tlingit is — you would have to ask Jeff Leer about that. He does has a large database of forms in manuscript form, but I dont know if it is electronic. – ishwar (speak) 15:26, 29 May 2006 (UTC) (maybe you can ask User:Billposer what he knows).
- also look at John Enrico's recent article in Anthro. Ling. & Heinz-Jürgen Pinnow's work. – ishwar (speak) 20:56, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
There should be a brief mention of the (Athabaskan+Eyak), ((Athabaskan+Eyak)+Tlingit), as well as of the controversial ((Athabaskan+Eyak)+Tlingit)(+Haida) link, I think. Let me add a To-Do list to the talk page - anyone can expand the list or remove individual items. --Pet'usek [petrdothrubisatgmaildotcom] 09:25, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
Split peoples with languages?
The intro gives the impression that Athabaskan can also refer to a group of indigenous peoples of America. Perhaps the peoples should be split from this page on linguistics? Saimdusan Talk|Contribs 08:00, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Family Tree outline is a mess
The numbering/hierarchy in a family tree outline needs to be consistent. The numbering as it is is confusing and thus makes the relationships and hierarchy not very clear. Azalea pomp (talk) 19:04, 24 September 2009 (UTC)
concept of recent migration
When was the idea first proposed that Athabaskan/Na-Dene was a more recent migration to America than other families? Was it Greenberg, or did he adopt a preexisting view? kwami (talk) 21:35, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
Edward Sapir said it in something like 1921, and many others said it before Greenberg did. See: http://ia311202.us.archive.org/1/items/collectedworksof06sapi/collectedworksof06sapi.pdf (that's a large pdf file) Nosliw1 (talk) 17:35, 14 September 2010 (UTC)
There are citations for Kari 2009 & 1989 but no references
I suspect that Kari 1989 refers to: Kari, James. 1989. Affix Positions and Zones in the Athabaskan Verb Complex: Ahtna and Navajo. International Journal of American Linguistics 55:424-455
The page of Kwalhioqua–Tlatskanai language (or Kwalhioqua–Clatskanie) created on the North Frisian wikipedia: frr:Kwalhioqua–Tlatskanai spriak. The page has only on the frr Wikipedia --Kmoksy (talk) 02:58, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
Number of Athabaskan speakers
"The Athabaskan family is the second largest family in North America in terms of number of languages and the number of speakers..." I read this to mean that there are more Athabaskan speakers than English speakers in North America. Surely that is not correct. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 09:14, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
- The Indo-European family is the largest family in North America in terms of number of speakers (includes English). The Athabaskan family is the second largest. Second largest. —Stephen (talk) 12:18, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Siletz (Oregon) Mention?
Should the Siletz be mentioned? c.f. http://siletz.swarthmore.edu/?q=talking&fields=all&semantic_ids= — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:36, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
Where is the page Athabascan peoples ?
Athabaskan ≈ Basque Kinship?
Disappointed there is no mention of possible Athabaskan ~ Basque kinship. A web search of the question 'Basque language ≈ Athabascan?' yields many references. When I first heard about the theory, I got a Basque-English dictionary. The word 'dene' ~ 'people' was listed and 'atha' ~ 'away.' So, this seems to suggest that Athabascan = Away-Basques, which would make a lot of sense. Of course, their genome would have picked up new elements from Yenisei tribes and others. hgwb (talk) 07:30, 31 July 2013 (UTC)
- It is not a notable theory and therefore should not be included. There are theories of relationships between basques and pretty much every other language group in the world. The word "Athabascan" is not itself the athabascan name for the athabascan speakers, and Basque people don't call them salves "basque". So your proposed etymology double fails.User:Maunus ·ʍaunus·snunɐw· 11:11, 31 July 2013 (UTC