Seneca Language

Seneca is the western-most Iroquoian language and was spoken in New York state. Closely related Iroquoian languages include Cayuga, Oneida, Mohawk and Onondaga. Seneca is also more distantly related to Cherokee.

Selected Language Information

Chafe, Wallace L. 1960. Seneca Morphology I: Introduction. International Journal of American Linguistics Vol. 26. 11–22

Chafe, Wallace L. 1967. Seneca Morphology and Dictionary. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Press.

Chafe, Wallace L. 1997. Sketch of Seneca, an Iroquoian Language. In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 17: Languages. Goddard, Ives and William C. Sturtevant (eds.) 551–579. Smithsonian Institution.

Chafe, Wallace L. 2007. Handbook of the Seneca Language. Albany, New York: Global Language Press.

Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection


Seneca Language Program

Seneca Dictionary

Seneca Language

Catalogue of Endangered Languages