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English language references - click to see all cultural symbols
English language dictionaries & references; photo by John Keogh on Flickr (non-
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Alaska passed a bill in 1998 designating English as the official state language. In 2014 the official language act was amended, adding 20 Alaskan native languages as co-official languages with English. These languages are:

Inupiaq, Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unangax, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian.

14.3% of Alaska's residents speak a language other than English, and 2.4% are linguistically isolated.

Alaskan languages chart - click to see all cultural symbols
Percent of Alaska's population over 5 years old speaking a language
other than English at home. Image © ProEnglish.
See All State Art & Cultural Symbols.

18% of the United States population over the age of 5 speaks a language other than English at home (including Spanish, German, Native American, French, Scandinavian, Tagalog, Italian, Chinese, Polish, Korean, and Russian). Official language laws have been passed in several states, but the United States does not recognize an official national language.

Source:
American Ethnic Geography: Valparaiso University
English as our Official Language: ProEnglish
Official Languages of the State: Alaska Legislature
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