Diné Bizaad (or the Navajo Language) has the largest number of speakers of any Native language north of Mexico. Navajo territory is north-eastern Arizona, north-western New Mexico, and south-eastern Utah. The orthography follows the Athapaskan tradition, with the lateral fricative ł, nasal ą, and high tone marked by an acúte accent. Note that the letters b d j g represent a voiceless sound, not voiced as in English.
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.
ISO 639-3 = nav
ISO 639-1 = na
The 1990 United States Census counts 142,886 speakers of Diné Bizaad.
|bilabial||alveolar||alveolar affricate||lateral||palato-alveolar||palatal||velar||velar rounded||glottal|
|high||i – ii|
|mid||e – ee||o – oo|
|low||a – aa|