The Dene language (sometimes called Dené Dháh or Dene Zhatıé) is spoken in the south-western North-West Territories, north-western Alberta and north-eastern British Columbia. There are four “Slavey” dialects/languages: South Slavey, Hare, Mountain, and Bear Lake. Usually they are divided into two orthographical groups: South Slavey and North Slavey (a combination of the other three). However, each community could be said to have its own dialect.
The division of Slavey dialects is based largely on the way each one pronounces the old Proto-Athapaskan sounds *dz *ts *ts’ *s and *z.
|Proto-Athapaskan||South Slavey||Bear Lake||Hare||Mountain|
Note: There are several Roman Orthography conventions on this site that may require further explanation. On the charts below, there is lots of phonetic terminology that may not be familiar to everyone.
|bilabial||interdental||alveolar||alveolar affricate||lateral||palato-alveolar||palatal||velar||velar rounded||glottal|
|nasalised voiced stop||mb||nd|