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Slavey language

Nativenameᑌᓀ ᒐ Dene Tha (South Slavey)
ᑲᑊᗱᑯᑎᑊᓀ K’áshogot’ine;
ᓴᑋᕲᒼᑯᑎᑊᓀ Sahtúgot’ine;
ᗰᑋᑯᑎᑊᓀ Shihgot’ine
(North Slavey)
RegionNorthwest Territories
SpeakersTotal: 3,545
North Slavey: 1,235
South Slavey: 2,310
EthnicitySlavey people
Fam4Northern Athabaskan
NationNorthwest Territories
Lc1scs|ld1=North Slavey|ll1=none
Lc2xsl|ld2=South Slavey|ll2=none

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Slavey (c-eniconˈsleɪvi; also Slave, Slavé) is an Athabaskan language spoken among the Slavey First Nations of Canada in the Northwest Territories where it also has official status.

In older literature, the name of the language was spelt and pronounced Slave; however, in order to dissociate the name from the word slave, first the pronunciation was changed by pronouncing the e, and then the spelling was changed to Slavé and later Slavey.

The language is written using Canadian Aboriginal syllabics or the Latin alphabet.

Slavey was the native language spoken by the fictional band in the Canadian television series North of 60. Nick Sibbeston, a former Premier of the Northwest Territories, was a Slavey language and culture consultant for the show.

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