Natchez

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A language of United States

Population

6, all users. L1 users: No known L1 speakers (Golla 2007), but emerging L2 speakers. The last speaker, Nancy Raven, died in 1957. L2 users: 6 (2011 H. Fields).

Location

Louisiana (Taensa dialect); Mississippi (Taensa dialect); Oklahoma among Creeks and Cherokees.

Language Status

9 (Reawakening).

Dialects

Taensa.

Language Use

Primarily ceremonial activities and prayers. Also use Cherokee [chr], Muskogee [mus].

Language Development
Dictionary. Revitalization efforts in process with Breath of Life (Natchez) language seminars at the University of Oklahoma and Vista Volunteers and Language Preservation grants (2011 H. Fields).
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