Chitimacha

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Chetemacha
Population

No known L1 speakers. Last speaker, Delphine Decloux, died in 1940 (Mithun 1999). Ethnic population: 300 (1977 SIL).

Location

Louisiana: south.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; tense, aspect and mode; 17 consonants and 10 vowels (5 long, 5 short); stress is on the first syllable.

Language Development

Rosetta Stone software has been created and distributed to every member of the tribe, a dictionary is being prepared, and language classes are being taught on the reservation (2015).

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