Wyandot is an Iroquoian language formerly spoken in parts of
Oklahoma in the USA and Quebec in Canada by the Wyandot people,
who are also known as Wyandotte, Wendat or Huron. The language
was traditionally considered a dialect or variety of Wendat (Huron),
though it is now considered a separate language.
Although Wyandot ceased to be used as a community language in the
early 20th century, attempts are currently being made to revive
it. The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma offer pre-school and elementary
school classes in the language. The Wendat Community of Quebec also
offers adult and children's classes in the language at the village
school in Wendake.
Wyandot was documented by Marius Barbeau, an ethnographer, in
Wyandotte in Oklahoma in 1911-1912, and a linguist called Craig Kopris
used that information to compile a dictionary and grammar of the
Wyandot alphabet and pronunciation
This the the orthography for Wyandot developed by
Craig Kopris and based on the work of Marius Barbeau.
Sample text (Lord's Prayer)
Squah-eh-steh yah-rohn-yih-yeh ih-stah reh, ooh-rah-meh
tih sheh-shehn-dooh-tih ooh-tah-wah-teh-steh sah-reh-wah
teh-zhooh-tih teh-kyooh tih yah-rohn-yih-yeh. Tah-wah-nohnt
noh-mah-kehn-tah-teh hah-mehn-tih-yeh kyah-tahn-deh-tah-queh
dah-wah-esh-roh'n-yeh nah-nehngk seh-sah-deh-yooh-hehnk
sah-reh-zhah-kohn-dih, teh-zhooh-tih neh-hehn-dih
tsoh-mah-deh-yoh hehs nah-nehngk wah-stah-tooh toh-mah
tah-owah-tah-teh-rohn-teh kah-oohf-keh, sah-ah-heh-sah-meh
dooh-rah-meh, nan-nehngk deh yah-wih-shrah, nah-nehngk deh
dooh-rah-meh, heh-yeh-hah-keh. Kohn-dih.
NB: this text is using a different spelling system
to the alphabet chart above.
Information about the Wyandot language
Wyandotte Language Lessons
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet