Language Spotlight: Isaac Juneby, Hän

Isaac Juneby was a respected Alaska Native leader, wise Elder and fluent speaker of the Hän language. In 1994 Isaac and John Ritter of the Yukon Native Language Center sat down and recorded Juneby’s native Hän dialect. The original tape and booklet from their project was made available but only in limited quantities and has been out of circulation for quite some time.

What’s the Matter with Q?

Last week, a friend asked me why the letter “Q” is so rare in English. For proof, just look at Scrabble. There’s only a single Q tile in the set, …