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also Na·Dé·né  (nä′dā′nē, -dā-nā′)
A North American Indian language family that includes the Athabaskan languages, Tlingit, and possibly Haida.

[Haida náa-, house, to live, and Tlingit naa, tribe + Proto-Athabaskan *dənæ, person.]

Na-De′ne adj.


(nɑːˈdeɪnɪ; nəˈdiːn) or


(Languages) a phylum of North American Indian languages including Athapascan, Tlingit, and Haida
[from Haida na to dwell + Athapascan dene people; coined by Edward Sapir (1884–1939), American anthropologist]


(nɑˈdeɪ ni, ˌnɑ deɪˈneɪ)

a proposed genetic grouping of American Indian languages that includes the Athabaskan family, Tlingit, and Haida.
[1915; Haida na to live, house, Tlingit na people, Athabaskan *-ne in dene, representing a word in Athabaskan languages for “person, people”]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Na-Dene - a family of North American Indian languages
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Haida - the Na-Dene language of the Haida
Tlingit - the Na-Dene language spoken by the Tlingit
References in periodicals archive ?
A proposed language family known as the Dene-Yeniseian suggests that there are common language elements between the North American Na-Dene languages and the Yeniseian languages of Central Siberia.
Some previous studies of human migration into the Americas have focused on two types of languages found in North America: the Na-Dene language family, including Navajo, Apache and Tlingit, and non-Na-Dene languages, including Algonquin, Ojibwe and Chippewa.
The Dene-Yeniseian hypothesis refers to the theory of some linguists that Ket, a language from the Yeneseian family of languages used in Central Siberia, is genealogically related to Na-Dene languages, which are used throughout parts of northwestern North America.
La cruz como signo de Venus es un glifo maya; pero se extiende muy hacia el norte y aparece tambien entre los apaches, lo que parece indicar un uso anterior a la fragmentacion etnolinguistica de un buen numero de grupos linguisticos: 1) el filo na-dene, al que pertenece el grupo atabasco del apache, 2) el filo penuti, al que pertenece el zuni (familia de la Meseta) y 3) la familia maya (Moreno Cabrera: 2003, 729, 803, 808).
11) Greenberg, based on his own unpublished research, claimed that Native American languages could be grouped into three families: Na-Dene (Athapaskan, Tlingit and Haida-NW coast); Aleut-Eskimo; and a general "Amerind" family for all of the remaining Native American groups.