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Piqua Shawnee Language

The Shawnee language is a Central Algonquian language spoken in parts of central and northeastern Oklahoma by the Shawnee people. It was originally spoken in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. It is closely related to other Algonquian languages, such as Mesquakie-Sauk (Sac and Fox) and Kickapoo.

Stress in Shawnee falls on the final syllable of a word.

Shawnee shares many grammatical features with other Algonquian languages. There are two third persons, proximate and obviative, and two noun classes (or genders), animate and inanimate. It is primarily agglutinating typologically, and is polysynthetic, resulting in a great deal of information being encoded on the verb. The most common word order is Verb-Subject. Piqua Shawnee -- Language

English Shawnee
beard Kwenaloonaroll
general greeting (in the northeastern dialect) Hatito
general greeting (in the southern dialect) Ho
greetings Bezon (general greeting)

Bezon nikanaki (general greeting spoken to a friend)

Howisakisiki (daytime greeting)

Howisiwapani (morning greeting)

Wasekiseki (morning greeting)

how are you? Hakiwisilaasamamo Waswasimamo
reply to Hakiwisilaasamamo and Waswasimamo Niwisilasimamo

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