Koasati

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Coushatta
Population

200 (2000 SIL), decreasing. Ethnic population: 220 (2000 census).

Location

Near Elton, Louisiana, Koasati Reservation; near Livingston, Texas, Alabama-Koasati Reservation, others elsewhere; 1 family in Oregon.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Koasati and Alabama [akz] grammars are significantly different. Lexical similarity: less than 50% with Alabama [akz].

Language Use

More in Louisiana than Texas. Use decreased until the last decade. Fewer than 10 primary school-age speakers. Home, religious services. Mainly adults. Positive attitudes. A few have more proficiency in Cajun French [frc] than in English. Also use Alabama [akz], Choctaw [cho], English [eng]. Used as L2 by Alabama [akz].

Language Development
Written usage is minimal. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1981.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.