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What's in a name?

Names of languages change over time and also vary by different groups, and academic disciplines.

ex. Dane-zaa Záágéʔ is also called the Beaver language.
ex. Dakelh is also called the Carrier language

Names of Dialects also vary.

ex. Plains Cree is also known as the Y-dialect or Nehiyawewin.

Spelling Variations

  • Consider spelling variations, especially for languages that have had multiple (or no) written systems.
  • Classification systems in libraries and archives might use a different spelling, and different ordering systems
    Ex. Stó:lō, Stó:lô, Stó:lõ, Stahlo, Staulo, Stolo, Stohlo, Sto:lo (group of people)
    Ex. Tsuut’ina, Sarcee, Sarsi, Tsuu T’ina, Tsu T’ina, Tsúùtínà (language)

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