Language: Biloxi was a Siouan language spoken in what is
now Mississippi. It featured SOV word order.
The Biloxi tribe was decimated by a smallpox epidemic, and the survivors migrated westward and merged with
the Tunica Indians, with whom they share a Louisiana reservation today.
Though the Tunica and Biloxi Indians were friends and allies, their languages were entirely unrelated, and since they were
unable to communicate effectively in their native languages, both tribes shifted to French. The Biloxi language has not been spoken in
more than a century.
Names:Biloxi is the name of the tribe in the language of their Choctaw neighbors.
In their own language, the Biloxi called themselves Taneks or Tanekshaya, meaning "first" or
"first people." Their language was known as Tanekshaya Ade, "first people's language." Other spellings
of these names have included Tanêks, Tanêksa, Taneksa, and Tanêksąyaa.
Biloxi Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Demographic information about Biloxi from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia: Biloxi Tribe:
Encyclopedia article on the Biloxi tribe and their language.
Biloxi Language Tree:
Theories about Biloxi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.