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Cheyenne (Tsėhesenėstsestotse)

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 alphabet

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.

Some examples of Cheyenne

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)

Sample videos in Cheyenne

Information about Cheyenne | Phrases | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about the Cheyenne language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_language
http://www.cheyennelanguage.org/
http://www.native-languages.org/cheyenne.htm

Common Cheyenne words and phrases
http://wleman.tripod.com/sounds/soundfiles.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/ok3/dogg/language.html
http://www.cheyennelanguage.org/words/lists.htm
https://youtu.be/WK3oHw0XlFI
https://youtu.be/7Zv-aAvSHMw

Online Cheyenne dictionaries
http://www.freelang.net/online/cheyenne.php
http://www.cdkc.edu/cheyennedictionary/index-en.htm

Algonquian languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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