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Vocabulary Words in the Siouan Language Family

These Siouan 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 Siouan 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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Siouan Word Sets

Western Siouan Central Siouan Ohio River Siouan Catawban
English (Français) Crow Hidatsa Assiniboine Dakota Lakota Kansa Mandan Omaha Osage Quapaw Hochunk Otoe Biloxi Ofo Catawba
One (Un) Hawáte Luetza Wąži Wanzi Wanji nxci Maxana Wiŋ Win nxči Hijâkíra Iyunki Sonsa Núfha Ndəpen
Two (Deux) Dúupe Nopa Nųba Nonpa Núnpa Non Nunp Naŋba Thonba Non Noñp Nuwe Nonpa Nupha Nanprə
Three (Trois) Dáawiia Nawi Yamni Yamni Yámni Yáblin Namini Dhabdhiŋ Thabthin Dá·bnin Dani Danyi Dani Tani Namənda
Four (Quatre) Shoopé Topa Doba Topa Tópa Tóba Toop Duba Doba Ton·wa Tcop Dowe Topa Topa Parpə
Five (Cinq) Chiaxxó Kihu Zaptą Zaptan Záptan Sátan Kixon Sattaŋ Çaton Sáttan Satcâ Thatun Ksan Kifan Paktə
Man (Homme) Bacheé Itaka Wįca Wicaa Wica Níka Numank Šenu Nik'a Níkka Wañgrá Wanshige Anya Ito Inyen
Woman (Femme) Bía Mia Wįyą Winyan Winyan Wak'ó Wiinh Wa'u Wak'o Wax'ó Hinugijá Inake Anxti Iyan Inya
Sun (Soleil) Áxxaashe Midi Wi Wi Wi Min Minaki Miŋ Mi Mi Wira Bi Ina Ila Nunti
Moon (Lune) Bilítaachiia Makumidi Hąwi Hanwi Hanyewi Min Ištunminaki Miŋ Mihondon Miánba Huhawira Bi Ina Ila Wicawa nunti
Water (Eau) Bilé Miri Mini Mini Miní Ni Mini Niŋ Ni Ni Nina Ni Ani Ani Yanhi

Additional Resources

   Wikipedia: Siouan



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