Cheyenne is a Plains Algonquian language spoken by about 2,100 people in Montana and Oklahoma in the USA. It is spoken specifically on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in the south east of Montana and in central Oklahoma. Most Cheyenne speakers are over 50, and the language is classified as by UNESCO as "definitely endangered" in Montana, and "critically endangered" in Oklahoma.
The Cheyenne name for their language is Tsėhesenėstsestotse or Tsisinstsistots, and the Cheyenne people call themselves Tsitsistas.
There are classes in Cheyenne at Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer in Montana, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and at Watonga High School in Watonga in Oklahoma.
Cheyenne is written with just 14 letters which can be combined together to make some very long words.
Cheyenne is a tonal language and tones are marked as follows:
á, é, ó = high pitch or tone
ȧ, ė, ȯ or â, ê, ô = voiceless (whispered)
The low tone is not marked.
Nėstōtse é-nėše'šévoéne; nevá'esėstse éto'sėho'ėho'ōhtse. = Your pet is washing its face; someone is going to come
Náohkėsáa'oné'seómpėhévetsėhésto'anéhe = I truly do not pronounce Cheyenne well
Náno'ee'ėha'onȯtse vóóhe = I put my shoes on with the morning star (I got up really early)
Mȧxhevéesevȯhtse ooȧhé'e = when frogs have teeth (i.e. never)
Online Cheyenne dictionaries
Page last modified: 08.05.21
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