Osage is a Western Siouan language spoken in northern Oklahoma in the USA. The last native speaker of Osage, Lucille Roubedeaux, died in 2005, however since 2003 The Osage Nation has been working to revive and revitalise the language. There are a small number of elderly second languge speakers of Osage, and about 300 people who are learning the language.
Historically Osage was spoken in parts of Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. The Osage tribe was moved to Oklahoma in 1872. The number of Osage declined significantly during the 20th century.
Osage is written mainly with the Latin alphabet. A new alphabet for Osage was created in 2006 (more details) .
Information about the Osage language and alphabet
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