This page contains excerpts from Chapter 13 of the Dena'ina Topical Dictionary. Below are a sample of entries from two different sections of the chapter. The complete print publication can be purchased from the Alaska Native Language Center. (ANLC 2008).
Chapter 13 - Sky, Weather and Atmosphere
|it got dark||nughiłghatl'|
|lit. 'edge of the sky'
lit. 'edge of the earth'
|it is a full moon||q'analyun (UO)
k'nudnudlet (O S&P)
|lit. 'it is full grown'
|northern lights||yuyqux (I)
|bad weather||ch'uqughił qiz'un (I)
|good weather||yaghelich' qiz'un (IO)
yaghelich' qiy'un (U)
|cloud cover, overcast sky||yuq' hnalt'em
yuq' dahi (IO)
|cold, cold weather; north wind||ezhi'i (I)
|lit. 'cold one'
|lightning||tsila, shila (U)
|it is raining||ełkun|
|it is pouring rain||qakundenlzil (I)
|lit. 'sun snare'
|warmth, warm weather||ebayi (OU)
|snow (on ground)||chitl'
|lit 'falling objects'
|sleet, half rain and half snow||tlaq'|
|spring snow that causes last snow to melt||nzhah gelqedi (O)
nut'aq'i zhaq'a (O)
ch'enq' k'yilquni (I)
|lit 'one that eats snow'
lit 'goose's spit'
lit 'that which is on the wings'
lit 'causes water to increase'
Dialect abbreviations: (I) = Inland (Nondalton, Lime Village, often Iliamna) (L) = Lime Village (Lk-I) = Kuskokwim Ingalik at Lime Village (N) = Nondalton (Il) = Iliamna (U) = Upper Cook Inlet (Tyonek, Susitna Station, Knik, Eklutna) (Su) = Susitna Staion (E) = Eklutna (T) = Talkeetna (Kn) = Knik (O) = Outer Cook Inlet (Kenai, Kustatan) (Sl) = Seldovia (+Sl) = in all dialects and confirmed for Sledovia
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