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Re: Navajo or do you mean Dene?

From:Marcus Smith <smithma@...>
Date:Thursday, August 24, 2000, 1:18
Mike Adams wrote:

>Navajo from what I remember is just a "dielect" of a greater lingo >group, the Athabaskans also called Dene(sp), which includes The Navaja, >Apache, and the Athabaskan tribes of Alaska (Gwichin, Kuyukon and like).
Navajo is a dialect of Dene in exactly the same way as English is a dialect of Germanic. The term Dene was coined by Edward Sapir based on his reconstruction of the "Dene" word for people. (The Navajo reflex and the term they call themselves by is Dine.) Navajo is an Apachean language, along with a couple others including Western Apache (the closest to Navajo) and Kiowa Apache, which IIRC is the language people usually associate with the word "Apache". Marcus