Crow (Apsáalooke aliláau)
Crow is a Siouan language spoken in southeastern Montana in the USA
by about 4,350 people. It is closely related to Hidatsa, a Siouan language
spoken in North and South Dakota. These two languages belong to the
Missouri Valley branch of Siouan languages.
The majority of of Crow speakers are over 60 years old, though there
are some younger speakers, and many of the younger generation can
understand the language, even if they cannot speak it.
Crow alphabet and pronunciation
- Tones are marked as follows: a or aa = low tone, á or áá = high tone and áa = falling tone.
- Double consonants are pronounced with double length.
Sample text in Crow (Lord's Prayer)
Min-upguá akmakukuré danashé izshíu, andibabazéze máre hîi,
ba-an-da-nas'-dó-díu makukuré, arakóte amé áken kuh marakotîi.
Maré mapam-barú sua hinné mapé mirikiú míru baskotáo arakavirét
bavíavuk, Dih maré arakiverétta mirikiú: arakavía maré diazíssa,
bagavía gagúá maré hizíssa. Kótak.
Our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the
power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Information about the Crow language
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet