Quiripi is an Eastern Algonquian language that was spoken in in central Connecticut and central Long Island by the Quinnipiac, Unquachog, Mattabesic, Podunk, Tunxis, Paugussett and other tribes. The language became extinct at the end of the 19th century. The language is also known as Quiripi-Unquachog, Quiripi-Naugatuck or Wampano.

It is thought that each tribe that spoke Quiripi had their own dialect of the language, or that they spoke separate but closely-related languages.

Quiripi is known from translations, word lists and other documentation collected mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries. These include a translation of a catechism complied by Abraham Pierson in 1658, vocabulary collected by Rev. Ezra Stiles and Thomas Jefferson in the late 17th century. A few words in the Unquachog variety of Quiripi were recorded by Frank T. Siebert Jr. in 1932. Blair Rudes, a linguist, has reconstructed the pronunciation of Quiripi.

Speakers of Quiripi suffered heavily from smallpox and other diseases bought to the Americas by European colonists. Some of their descendents, such as the Shinnecock and the Unkechaug, are officially recognized in New York State, and are attempting to revive their language.

Quiripi alphabet and pronunciation

Quiripi alphabet and  pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Quiripi (Excel)

Details provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer)

Noûshin aûsequamuk terre wérrettepantammunatch wòweztâuonatch kowésewunk Peamoutch' kúkkussootúmmowunk, kòrantàmmowunk neratch sket'ôkke nenar âusequamuk terre, Mèsonah èa kèsuk kónkesekatush noméetsounk, petúkkenêag akquantamínah nomàtchereúnganansh nenar tàkquantaminan ewojek nomàtcherehéaqueàguk, Asquonsàkkongonan rame-re mítchemôuretounk, webe kûppoquohwhèriggamínah wutche madjk' wutche kèkatah kètassootómoonk, quah milkèssowunk quah àíttarwejanúnguesówunk michème quah michème: Ne râtch.

Source: http://www.native-languages.org/quiripi_prayer.htm

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Information about the Quiripi language and people

Algonquian languages

Abenaki, Algonquin, Arapaho, Atikamekw, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Cree (East), Cree (Moose), Cree (Plains), Cree (Swampy), Cree (Woods), Fox, Innu (Montagnais), Kickapoo, Malecite-Passamaquoddy, Loup, Massachusett (Wampanoag), Menominee, Miami, Míkmaq, Mohegan, Mohican, Munsee, Narragansett, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Ottawa, Penobscot, Powhatan, Potawatomi, Quiripi, Sauk, Shawnee, Unami (Lenape)

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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