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Wichita

Wichita is a Northern Caddoan language spoken near Anadarko in western Oklahoma. In 2008 there was one native speaker of Wichita, Doris McLemore, and 3 other speakers. Doris died in August 2016. Efforts are being made to teach and document the language in a partnership between the Wichita tribe and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Wichita alphabet and pronunciation

Wichita alphabet and pronunciation

Wichita is a tonal language with high and low tones. The high tone is indicated with an acute accent (á). The low tone is unmarked.

Sample text in Wichita

ka:ʔa:ʔa:kó:kha:rʔa, kíkʔi:s, khiʔas, kiyakihiteʔecaki, kiya:kiʔi:khíyaʔa hakihiʔiyaskwah. "ka:kiyaʔ, isí:ʔa! iskirhiʔiyaskwa!"

Translation

Once upon a time, turtle, poor thing, he was sitting at the edge, they say. He was wishing, they say to go across the water. Somebody come! Take me across the water!

Source: http://www.colorado.edu/linguistics/faculty/rood-old/Wichita/texts/tbc_a_b.html

Details of the last native speaker of Wichita

Links

Information about the Wichita language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_(langue)
http://www.colorado.edu/linguistics/faculty/rood-old/Wichita/
http://www.colorado.edu/linguistics/faculty/rood-old/Wichita/SketchofWichita.pdf
http://www.native-languages.org/wichita_guide.htm

The Last Living Speaker of Wichita
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18532656
http://www.nativetimes.com/archives/22/1171-woman-last-to-speak-wichita-language

Caddoan languages

Arikara, Caddo, Pawnee, Wichita

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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