Koasati

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Coushatta
Population

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

Location

Louisiana: Koasati Reservation near Elton; Oregon; Texas: Alabama-Koasati Reservation near Livingston, others elsewhere.

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 also use Cajun French [frc], with more proficiency than in English. Also use Alabama [akz], Choctaw [cho], English [eng]. Used as L2 by Alabama [akz].

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.