Zuni or Zuñi is a language isolate spoken by about 9,500 people in the USA, mainly in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, and in parts of Arizona. Zuni has been influenced to some extent by other languages in the areas where its spoken, in particular Hopi, Keresan, Tanoan, and also Navajo. The native name for Zuni is Shiwi or Shiwi'ma (the Zuni way) and the Zuni call themselves A:shiwi.
The language is spoken by people of all ages, including children, is the main language of communication in the Zuni Pueblo, and is used in the home.
Ways of writing Zuni with the Latin alphabet have been devised by a number of linguists and anthropologists, including Stanley Newman and Dennis Tedlock. The current orthography was devised mainly by Curtis Cook, who recorded and transcribe hundreds of Zuni oral histories, folk tales and religious teachings, and produced textbooks for learning the language and other publications.
A colon is used to mark long vowels, e.g. A:shiwi (Zunis).
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Mark 1: 1-3
Information about the Zuni language
Zuni translations of parts of the Bible
Information about Curtis Cook
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