Na - Dene
Eyak is an extinct Na - Dene language that was spoken in southern Alaska near the mouth of the Copper.
Eyak has long spoken only by one person, Marie Smith Jones ( 1918-2008 ). She was the head of the Eyak Nation and lived in Anchorage, Alaska. Eyak was the world a prime example of the struggle against the apparently inexorable disappearance of languages . With Marie Smith Jones ' death, the Eyak language died. Michael Krauss, a linguist at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, however, has together created over several years with Jones a dictionary and a grammar of Eyak.
The closest relatives of Eyak are the Athabaskan languages. Together with the Tlingit forms Eyak Athapaskisch the Na - Dene languages :
- Na - Dene Tlingit