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Menominee (Omāēqnomenew)

Menominee is an Algonquian language spoken in northeastern Wisconsin in the USA, and formerly spoken in Michigan. In 2007 there were 35 native speakers of Menominee, and maybe 24 second language speakers. The language is also known as Menomini, and the native name, Omāēqnomenew, comes from the word for wild rice, a staple food of the Menominee people for a long time.

The Menominee Language & Culture Commission was set up in Keshena in Wisconsin as a way to revitalize the Menominee language, history, traditions and culture. Language and culture classes are offered in some schools and colleges, and linguists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working on documenting the language, and are developing learning materials.

Menominee alphabet and pronunciation

Menominee alphabet and pronunciation

Download an Menominee alphabet chart (Excel)

A video about Menominee revitalization


Information about the Menominee language

Menominee language lessons

Menominee Language Institute

Algonquian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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