Chickasaw

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Chikashshanompa’
Population

75 (2017 Chickasaw Nation), decreasing. Ethnic population: 35,000 (1999 Chickasaw Nation).

Location

Oklahoma: Byng and Happyland (near Ada) north, Davis and Ardmore west, to Fillmore and Wapanucka east. California: Los Angeles.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Language of registered tribe: The Chickasaw Nation.

Dialects

None known. Choctaw [cho] find Chickasaw unintelligible.

Typology

SOV; 17 consonants, 10 vowels and 2 diphthongs; stress is generally on the penultimate syllable.

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng]. Not learned by children. Older adults only.

Language Development
Dictionary. Chickasaw community languages classes offered weekly. Four course levels are taught at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. There is a montly language club for youth meeting in Ardmore and Ada, Oklahoma (2017 The Chickasaw Nation). Agency: The Chickasaw Nation.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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