Revitalizing Tunica

mathias | August 8, 2011

The language isolate Tunica (a.k.a. Tonica, Yuron) has been extinct in Central Louisiana for over 60 years, but has the potential for revival thanks to a variety of old recordings, as well as the efforts of renowned Native language linguist Mary Haas (1910 – 1996), who worked with the last speaker, Sesostrie Youchigant, to publish [...]

A Breath of Life for Natchez, Osage, and Otoe

mathias | June 6, 2011

Natchez, a Muskogean language of Louisiana, has been sleeping since the last two fluent speakers, Watt Sam and Nancy Raven, died in the 1930s. Today, only 6 of 10,000 enrolled Natchez can speak it, now located in Oklahoma. Fortunately, Breath of Life, a joint project of the University of Texas, Arlington and the University of [...]

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