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Alaska State Languages


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Official State Languages of Alaska

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.

16.2% of Alaska's residents over the age of five speak a language other than English, and 2.4% are linguistically isolated.

Language Diversity in the USA

18% of the United States population over the age of five speaks a language other than English at home (including other native American languages, Spanish, German, French, Tagalog, Italian, Chinese, Polish, Korean, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and American sign language). Several states have official state languages, but the United States does not recognize an official national language.