Choctaw (Chahta Anumpa)

Choctaw is a Western Muskogean language closely related to Chickasaw. There are about 7,000 speakers of Choctaw, most of whom live in the south east Oklahoma. There are also Choctaws in east central Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. Oklahoma is a Choctaw word meaning "red people."

The majority of Choctaw speakers are over 45, though in Mississippi efforts are being made to pass the language on to the younger generation and some children are being raised with Choctaw as their first language.

Choctaw alphabet

Latin alphabet for Choctaw

Notes

"Lh" can also be written "hl", "ʊ" can also be written "u", and "u" can also be written "v."

Sample text in Choctaw

Hattak yuka keyu hokʊtto yakohmit itibachʊfat hieli kʊt, nan isht imaiʊlhpiesa atokmʊt itilawashke; yohmi ha hattak nana hohkia, keyukmʊt kanohmi hohkia okla moma nana isht aim aiʊlhpiesa, micha isht aimaiʊlhtoba he aima ka kanohmi bano hosh isht ik imaiʊlhpieso kashke. Amba moma kʊt nana isht imachukma chi ho tuksʊli hokmakashke.
(Atikel I, Aiʊlhepiesa Makosh Ʊlhpisa)

Translation

That all free men, when they form a special compact, are equal in rights, and that no man or set of men are entitled to exclusive, separate public emolument or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services.
(Article I Choctaw Declaration of Rights)

The information on this page was provided by Daniel Lapinski

Link

Information about the Choctaw language and people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw_language
http://www.choctawnation.com/culture-heritage/choctaw-traditions/choctaw-language/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choctaw

A Dictionary of the Choctaw language
http://books.google.ie/books

Choctaw grammar
http://books.google.ie/books

Choctaw phrases
http://www.okchoctaws.org/choctawphrases.htm

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (offical site)
http://www.choctawnation.com

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
http://www.choctaw.org

Related languages

Alabama, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Koasati, Mikasuki

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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