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Sekani language is a Northern Athabaskan language spoken by the Sekani people of north-central British Columbia, Canada.
Sekani has 33 consonants:
Sekani has two tones: low and high. High tone is the more common tone. Syllables phonologically marked for tone are low.
Nasalization of vowels is phonemic and so changes the meaning.
In the practical writing system used here for the Kwadacha Tsek'ene dialect,  u represents the mid-central vowel, and oo represents the high back rounded vowel. An apostrophe represents a glottal stop, and an ogonek under a vowel represents nasalization.
dune man; person
’àtse my grandfather
’àtsǫǫ my grandmother
Tlįį duchę̀’ ’ehdasde January
Dahyusè’ nùkehde wìlę February
ʼUtʼǫ̀ʼ kùnuyehde May
Jìje dinììdulh July
Yhììh nunutsunde wìlę August
Yhììh ukudeh’àsde September
’Udììtl’ǫh ’uwit’į̀į̀h October
Yus ’ut’į̀į̀h November Khuye ’uwììjàh December
Sekani language at (18th ed., 2015) Ethnologue
Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Language Highlight Tables, 2016 Census - Aboriginal mother tongue, Aboriginal language spoken most often at home and Other Aboriginal language(s) spoken regularly at home for the population excluding institutional residents of Canada, provinces and territories, 2016 Census – 100% Data". www12.statcan.gc.ca . Retrieved . 2017-11-17
Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sekani". . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Glottolog 3.0
FirstVoices: Kwadacha Tsek'ene Community Portal
Hargus, Sharon (2009) Effects on consonant duration in Fort Ware Tsek'ene. Presented at Athabaskan/Dene Languages Conference, Eugene, OR.
PDF of slides, PDF of references. Hargus, Sharon (2009) "Causatives and transitionals in Kwadacha Tsek'ene." (
slides) Presented at the Athabaskan Languages Conference, Berkeley, CA. [Supported by NSF DEL-0651853 and Kwadacha Education Society] Hargus, Sharon (2009) "Phonetic vs. phonological rounding in Athabaskan languages." PDF of slides, PDF of references. Presented at LabPhon 12, Albuquerque, NM. (reposted July 16, 2010). The article will appear in Journal of Laboratory Phonology 3:163-193.