Chickasaw Language

Chickasaw is a member of the Western branch of the Muskogean (Muskhogean, Muscogean) language family. Choctaw is the most closely related language to Chickasaw. Other related languages include Alabama, Koasati (Cushatta) and Creek. At the time of contact, Chickasaw was spoken in the southeastern United States east of the Mississippi River in present day Mississippi.

Selected Language Information

Gordon, Matthew. 2004. A Phonological and Phonetic Study of Word-level Stress in Chickasaw. International Journal of American Linguistics Vol. 70: 1. 1-32.

Gordon, Matthew; Munro, Pamela; Ladefoged, Peter. 2000. Some Phonetic Structures of Chickasaw. Anthropological Linguistics Vol.42. 366-400.

Munro, Pamela; Willmond, Catherine. 1994. Chickasaw: An Analytical Dictionary. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Munro, Pamela. 2005. Chickasaw. In Native Languages of the Southeastern United States. Heather K. Hardy, and Janine Scancarelli (eds.) Lincoln: University Press. 385-453.

Munro, Pamela, Willmond, Catherine. 2008. Let’s Speak Chickasaw - Chikashshanompa’ Kilanompoli’. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.

Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection



Anompa’ Chokoshkomo

Chickasaw Nation Language Revitalization Program

Catalogue of Endangered Languages