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Vocabulary Words in the Tunican (Gulf) Language Family

These Gulf Indian words are not spelled phonetically--each word is spelled according to the orthography of its own language, so if you're not familiar with these languages you will need to follow the links to see how to pronounce them. We are working on a second chart transcribed into IPA symbols. We have included twenty basic Tunican words, enough to give you a feeling for each language. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many Native American languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

If you would like to know a Gulf word that is not currently on our page, you can take part in our American Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Gulf languages site for more free resources.

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Gulf Word Sets

English (Français) Atakapa Chitimacha Natchez Tunica
One (Un) Hannik Unku Wi∙tan Saxku
Two (Deux) Hapal Upa A∙witi Ili
Three (Trois) Lat Kahitie Ne∙ti Enixku
Four (Quatre) Imatol Meca Ginawi∙ti Maku
Five (Cinq) Nit Hussa Icpi∙ti Siku
Man (Homme) Icak Asi Tom Cah
Woman (Femme) Kic Kitca Tama∙ł Nuxtci
Dog (Chien) Cul Waxni Wackop Sa
Sun (Soleil) Lak Tcaa Uwahci∙ł Axcuk
Water (Eau) Kakau Ku Kun  
Yellow (Jaune) Tāt Itcitem Haya'ap  
Red (Rouge) Kuts Pini Pa∙kup Mili
Black (Noir) Mēl Tap Tcokokop Meli
Eat (Manger) Ya Kuc Kimposko Saku

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Gulf



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