Adaizan (Tenanat e-Hadeyes)

The Adaizan language was spoken in Louisiana in the USA until about 1820. It was spoken in west-central Louisiana between the Red and Sabine Rivers, in Natchitoches and Sabine Parish, and at the Adayes Spanish mission. After that mission closed in 1773, some of the Adaizan moved to Texas and joined Caddoan groups there.

Adaizan is known mainly from a word list made in 1804. Adaizan was thought be a Caddoan language, however it is now considered a language isolate. Efforts are currently underway to reconstruct the language.

Adaizan is also known as Adai, Adaizi, Adaise, Adahi, Adaes, Adees or Atayos.

Adaizan alphabet and pronunciation

Adaizan alphabet and pronuciation

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer) - Orasyô de Kaditókæt

Kewa e-Hïkacan ke en ganï¿ ola¿;
Awiste nom-ïno se ola¿;
Heynot-ïno se beni;
Boluntad-ïno en kapü¿ kom en ganï¿ se ase;
Nalî aton da a-hïkacan o-pâ e-nalî;
Pehdona o-coz ašawe e-hïkacan Kom hïkacan o-ot pehdona
Ke o-ašawe a-hïkacan ase;
I yeska giya o-hïkacan a-tentasyô,
Mei libha o-hïkacan de ašawe,
Pohke heynot, puvwa, i glwa e-ïnalük ola¿,
Owets i muncos owets

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Language isolates

Adaizan, Ainu, Basque, Burushaski, Candoshi-Shapra, Chitimacha, Eskayan, Hadza, Haida, Karuk, Kawésqar, Keres, Kuot, Kusunda, Kutenai, Natchez, Nihali, Nivkh, Páez, Purepecha, Sandawe, Seri, Sumerian, Tartessian, Ticuna, Tiwi, Tonkawa, Tunica, Urarina, Waorani, Wardaman, Washo, Yaghan, Yuchi/Euchee, Zuni

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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