Miami

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Illinois, Miami-Illinois, Miami-Myaamia
Population

No known L1 speakers, but emerging L2 speakers. Ethnic population: 2,000 (1977 SIL). L2 users: A Miami language scholar has acquired L2 fluency and his 2 youngest children are acquiring it as L1.

Location

Miami dialect: north central Indiana; Miami and Peoria dialects: northeast Oklahoma.

Language Status

9 (Reawakening).

Dialects

Miami, Peoria.

Language Use

No fluent L1 speakers since 1962 (Golla 2007). Miami University of Ohio with support of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has developed the Myaamia Center for study of Miami culture and language. Courses are offered there and the Miami Tribe has been developing youth programs since 2005 (2013 D. Baldwin).

Language Development
Dictionary.