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Na-Dene

[nah-dey-nee, nah-dey-ney] /nɑˈdeɪ ni, ˌnɑ deɪˈneɪ/
noun
1.
a group of North American Indian languages, comprising the Athabaskan family, Eyak, Tlingit, and Haida, hypothetically considered to be descendants of a single protolanguage: the genetic relationship of either Tlingit or Haida to Athabaskan and Eyak is now disputed.
2.
the hypothesized protolanguage itself.
adjective
3.
of, belonging to, or pertaining to Na-Dene.
Also, Nadene.
Origin
1915
1915; name coined by Edward Sapir from assumed reflexes of a single Na-Dene root: Haida na to live, house, Tlingit na people, Athabaskan *-ne in dene, representing a word in Athabaskan languages for “person, people,” e.g., Navajo diné
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Na-Dene

/nɑːˈdeɪnɪ; nəˈdiːn/
noun
1.
a phylum of North American Indian languages including Athapascan, Tlingit, and Haida
Word Origin
from Haida na to dwell + Athapascan dene people; coined by Edward Sapir (1884–1939), American anthropologist
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