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A major language family consisting of Tlingit, Eyak and the Athabascan languages, spoken in large parts of North America.
Coined by Edward Sapir in 1915, from Tlingit naa and Athabaskan dene, both meaning people or tribe.
Haida náa- house, to live and Tlingit naa tribe Proto-Athabaskan dənæ person
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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