Definition of Na-Dene in English:

Na-Dene

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Pronunciation: /nɑːˈdɛneɪ
 
, -ni/

adjective

  • Denoting or belonging to a postulated phylum of North American Indian languages including the Athabaskan family, Tlingit, and (in some classifications) Haida.
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    • The Athabaskan language family is one of three families within the Na-Dene language phylum.
    • Basque may be the remnant language of the Cro-Magnon (who lived 30,000 to 40,000 years ago), which evolved into Caucasian, Sino-Tibetan and Na-Dene (Apache, Navajo, and Athabaskan) languages.

noun

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  • The Na-Dene language group.

Origin

early 20th century: from Tlingit naa 'tribe' (related to Haida náa 'dwell') + North Athabaskan dene 'tribe'.

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