Hän language

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Häł gołan
Native to Canada, United States
Region Yukon, Alaska
Ethnicity Hän people
Native speakers
20 (1997–2007)[1]
Latin (Dené alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 haa
Glottolog hann1241[2]
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The Hän language (Dawson, Han-Kutchin, Moosehide) is a Native American endangered language spoken in only two places: Eagle, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon.[3] There are only a few fluent speakers left (perhaps about 10), all elderly.[4]

It is a member of the Athabaskan language family, which is part of the larger Na-Dené family. The name of the language is derived from the name of the people, "Hän Hwëch'in", which in the language means "people who live along the river", the river being the Yukon. There are currently efforts to revive the language locally.[citation needed]



The consonants of Hän in the standard orthography are listed below (with IPA notation in brackets):

Labial Inter-
Alveolar Post-
Retroflex Velar Glottal
central lateral
Nasal [] nh
[m] m [n] n
Stop [pʰ] (p) [tʰ] t [kʰ] k
[p] b [t] d [k] g [ʔ] ʼ
[] t’ [] k’
[ᵐb] mb [ⁿd] nd
Affricate [tθʰ] tth [tsʰ] ts [tɬʰ] tl [tʃʰ] ch [ʈʂʰ] tr
[] ddh [ts] dz [] dl [] j [ʈʂ] dr
[tθʼ] tth’ [tsʼ] ts’ [tɬʼ] tl’ [tʃʼ] ch’ [ʈʂʼ] tr’
[ⁿdʒ] nj
Fricative [θ] th [s] s [ɬ] ł [ʃ] sh [ʂ] sr [x] kh [h] h
[ð] dh [z] z [ɮ] l [ʒ] zh [ʐ] zr [ɣ] gh
Approximant [] yh [ɻ̥] rh [] wh
[l] l [j] y [ɻ] r [w] w


  • short
    • a [a]
    • ä [ɑ]
    • e [e]
    • ë [ə]
    • i [i]
    • o [o]
    • u [u]
  • long
    • aa [aː]
    • ää [ɑː]
    • ee [eː]
    • ëë [əː]
    • ii [iː]
    • oo [oː]
    • uu [uː]
  • diphthongs
    • aw [au]
    • ay [ai]
    • äw [ɑu]
    • ew [eu]
    • ey [ei]
    • iw [iu]
    • oy [oi]
  • nasal vowels are marked by an ogonek accent, e.g., ą
  • low tone is marked with a grave accent, e.g., à
  • rising tone is marked with a circumflex accent, e.g., â[citation needed]
  • falling tone is marked with a caron (or háček), e.g., ǎ[citation needed]
  • high tone is never marked, e.g., a


  1. ^ Hän at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Han". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Hän language, alphabet and pronunciation". www.omniglot.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  4. ^ Joseph, Kim. "Hän Welcome Page". www.firstvoices.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 

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