Unami Language

The Unami language, also known as Lenape, was spoken in southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and was later spoken in Oklahoma. It is one of two Delaware languages, the other being Munsee, spoken in western Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley, and northern New Jersey. The Delaware languages are members of the Eastern Algonquian branch of the Algic language family. Related languages include Myaamia, Cheyenne, Ottawa, Arapaho, Meskwaki, Kickapoo, Shawnee, and Potawatomi.

Selected Language Information

Delaware Nation Council. 1992. Lunaapeew Dictionary. Basic Words. Part One. Moraviantown: Delaware Nation Council.

Goddard, Ives. 1974. The Delaware Language, Past and Present. In A Delaware Indian Symposium, Herbert C. Kraft (ed.) 103-110. Anthropological Series No. 4. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Pearson, Bruce. 1988. A Grammar of Delaware: Semantics, Morpho-Syntax, Lexicon, Phonology. Dewey, OK: Touching Leaves Indian Crafts.

Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection


Lenape Talking Dictionary

Lenape Language Preservation Project

Catalogue of Endangered Languages