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Vocabulary Words in the Muskogean Language Family

These Muscogean 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 Muskogean Indian 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.

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Muskogean Word Sets

English (Français) Alabama Chickasaw Choctaw Koasati Mikasuki Muskogee/Creek
One (Un) Cháffàaka Chaffa Achaffa Chaffá:kan Lhaamin Hvmken
Two (Deux) Tòklo Toklo Tuklo Tóklon Toklan Hokkolen
Three (Trois) Tótchìina Tochchí'na Tuchena Toccí:nan Tocciinan Tuccenen
Four (Quatre) Óstàaka Oshta Ushta Ostá:kan Ostaakan Osten
Five (Cinq) Táłłàapi Talhlhá'pi Talhapi Cahappá:kan Cahappaakan Cahkepen
Man (Homme) Naani Nakni' Hattak Ná:ni Nakni Honvnwv
Woman (Femme) Tayyi Ihoo Ohoyo Tayyí Tayki Hokte
Dog (Chien) Ifa Ofi' Ofi Ifá Iifi Efv
Sun (Soleil) Hasi Hashi' Hvshi Hasí Haasi Hvse
Moon (Lune) Niłahasi Hashi' Hvshi Niłahasí Niilhaasi Hvresse
Water (Eau) Oki Oka' Oka Okí Ooki Owv
White (Blanc) Hatka Tohbi Hanta or Tohbi Hátka Hatki Hvtke
Yellow (Jaune) Laana Lakna' Lvkna Lá:na Lakni Lane
Red (Rouge) Homma Homma' Humma Hómma Kitisci Cate
Black (Noir) Locha Losa' Lusa Locá Looci Lvste
Eat (Manger) Ipa Apa Vpa Í:pan Impa Pvpetv
See (Voir) Hicha Pisa Pisa Hí:can Hica Hecetv
Hear (Entendre) Háalo Haklo Haklo Įhá:lon Hakla Pohetv
Sing (Chanter) Talwa Taloowa Taloa Tálwan   Yvhiketv
Leave (Partir) Nakaała or Faayahli Ifilammi Filvmmi or Issa Achalí:kan   Enkvpvketv or Wiketv

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Muskogean

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