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Navajo isn't a written language

That's why you can't find anyone to translate it (or do you want it as downloadable MP3's)?

Monday, July 01, 2002

My father ran the Navajo Reading Study at the University of New Mexico for 5 years. So you've picked the wrong person to try to tell that Navajo isn't a written language!

Here's a font:

Joel Spolsky
Monday, July 01, 2002

From the description of the "Navajo" font extension, it would seem that the written Navajo is a transliteration rather than directly written in the native langauge.

So perhaps you are both right ?

Peter WA Wood
Monday, July 01, 2002

Any language can become a written language by just using some kind of alphabet to write the sounds down in.

The International Phonetic Alphabet has symbols for any sound a human mouth can make, so it would be quite easy to write Navajo down if you wanted to.

Matthew Lock
Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Like most aboriginal languages originally Dine was an oral not written language. However as it has become threatened it had to be come written as one way of preserving it. Therefore both are correct.

Jon Phipps (Chinle Az)
Thursday, August 12, 2004

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