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Chickasaw Indian Language (Chikasha, Chickasha)
Chickasaw is an
Muskogean language of the American Southeast.
It is very closely related to Choctaw and many linguists consider
the two dialects of a single language. There are around 1000 speakers of Chickasaw today (most in Oklahoma, where the Chickasaws
were forcibly relocated in the 1800's), and another 10,000 speakers of Choctaw.
Like other Muskogean languages, Chickasaw is a language with morphologically complex verbs and SOV word order.
Chickasaw language samples and resources.
Related links about the Chickasaw Indian nation past and present.
Our answers to common questions about the lifestyle of the Chickasaw people.
Our Online Chickasaw Materials
List of vocabulary words in the Chickasaw language, with comparison to words in other Muskogean languages.
Chickasaw Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Chickasaw words.
Chickasaw Animal Words:
Picture glossary of animal words in the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Chickasaw language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Chickasaw language.
Worksheet showing how to count in Chickasaw.
Chickasaw Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Chickasaw Nation: Language: Chickasaw Language Activities:
Information from the Chickasaw tribe's language department, including downloadable language lessons and video vocabulary.
Chickasaw Language, Alphabet and Pronunciation:
Phonological inventory of Chickasaw, with a sample text.
Hello Oklahoma: Chickasaw Tribe:
Chickasaw alphabet, greeting, and sample text.
Chickasaw Language Made Simple:
Wordlists from the Chickasaw Indian language. Some include audio files.
Human Rights: Chickasaw:
Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Psalm: Lord's Prayer in Chickasaw:
Christian prayers translated into Chickasaw.
Chickasaw Language Tree:
Theories about Chickasaw's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chickasaw Language Structures:
Chickasaw linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Chickasaw Language Preservation and Usage
Oklahoma family keeps their native language alive:
News article about language maintenance on the Chickasaw reservation.
House of Languages: Chickasaw:
Information about Chickasaw language usage.
Demographic information about the Chickasaw language.
Chickasaw Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
Chickasaw: An Analytical Dictionary:
Chickasaw dictionary for sale.
Introduction to Chickasaw:
Audio language learning course (textbook and cassettes).
Interesting biography of a Chickasaw storyteller.
Chickasaw Talking Dictionary:
Language learning CD from the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Information on the Chickasaw language in Spanish, including linguistic maps of the Southeast.
Encyclopedia articles about Chickasaw language, history, and culture.
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