Choctaw Language

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

Selected Language Information

Broadwell, George Aaron. 1991. Speaker and Self in Choctaw. International Journal of American Linguistics Vol. 57. 411-425.

Broadwell, George Aaron. 2006. A Choctaw Reference Grammar. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Byington, Cyrus. 1870. Grammar of the Choctaw language. Edited from the original MSS. In the Library of the American Philosophical Society by Daniel Garrison Brinton. Philadelphia: McCalla & Stavley.

Byington, Cyrus. 1915. A dictionary of the Choctaw language. Edited by John R. Swanton and Henry S. Halbert. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Downing, Todd. 1974. Chahta Anompa: An Introduction to the Choctaw Language (3rd ed.). Durant, OK: Choctaw Bilingual Education Program, Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Haag, Marcia and Henry Willis. 2001. Choctaw Language & Culture: Chahta Anumpa Volume I, University of Oklahoma Press.

Haag, Marcia and Henry Willis. 2001. Choctaw Language & Culture: Chahta Anumpa Volume II, University of Oklahoma Press.

Haag, Marcia, and Loretta Fowler. 2001. Chahta Anumpa: A Choctaw Tutorial CD-ROM, University of Oklahoma Press.

Nicklas, Thurston Dale. 1979. Reference Grammar of the Choctaw Language. Durant, OK: Choctaw Bilingual Education Program, Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection

Links

School of Choctaw Language

Catalogue of Endangered Languages

Glottolog

OLAC

Ethnologue