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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Laurentian Words

Welcome to our Laurentian vocabulary page! Laurentian was an Iroquoian language, related to other languages like Mohawk and Oneida. We have included twenty basic Laurentian words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

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Laurentian Word Set

The Laurentian language has not been spoken in centuries, so these vocabulary words come from 16th-century sources and their pronunciation is uncertain.

English (Français) Laurentian words
One (Un) Segada
Two (Deux) Tigneny
Three (Trois) Asche
Four (Quatre) Honnacon
Five (Cinq) Ouyscon
Man (Homme) Aguehan
Woman (Femme) Aggouette
Dog (Chien) Aggayo
Sun (Soleil) Isnay
Moon (Lune) Assomaha
Water (Eau) Ame
Sing (Chanter) Thegnehoaca

Click here to see Laurentian vocabulary words compared to words in related Iroquoian languages: Iroquoian Indian Words

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