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Apalachee Indian Language (Apalachi)
Language: Apalachee was a Muskogean language of the American Southeast.
Very little is known of it today. Apalachee ceased to be spoken by the community in the early 18th century, although a few words
survived among their descendants. Early Spanish transcripts of the language suggest that it was most closely related to
Like other Muskogean languages, Apalachee was a language with morphologically complex verbs
and SOV word order.
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Names: The name Apalachee comes from the language of their Hitchiti neighbors, and means "people on the
other side." Their original name for themselves was never recorded; it's possible that Apalachee people normally identified
themselves by their village name, as many Southeastern people did, rather than using a special name to refer to their tribe
in general. They were also sometimes known as San Luis Indians, after the name of the Spanish fort based in
Mission San Luis de Talimali.
Tribal descendants today call themselves Apalachees.
Alternate spellings of this name include Appalachi, Apalache, Appalachee, and Apalachi.
Apalachee language samples and resources.
Apalachee Culture and History
Information and links about the Apalachee tribe past and present.
Apalachee Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common school questions about the Apalachees and their lifestyle.
Our Online Apalachee Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Apalachee language, with comparison to words in other Muskogean languages.
Apalachee Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Apalachee Indian words.
Apalachee Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
Native Languages of the Southeastern United States
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In-depth book about Apalachee and the other Southeast Indian languages.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
American Indian language books and other materials for sale.
Apalachee Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
The Native Languages of the Southeastern United States:
Information about Apalachee and the other languages of the American Southeast.
Apalache Language Tree:
Theories about Apalachee's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Apalachee Apalachee Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Apalachee tribe and their language.
La Lengua Apalache:
Information about the Appalachee language in Spanish.
Four Directions Center: Apalachee:
Apalachee Indian books.
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