- Potawatomi language
United States, Canada
Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, and southern Ontario
Potawatomi (also spelled Pottawatomie; in Potawatomi Bodéwadmimwen or Bodéwadmi Zheshmowen or Neshnabémwen) is a Central Algonquian language and is spoken around the
Great Lakesin Michiganand Wisconsin, as well as in Kansasin the United States, and in southern Ontarioin Canada, by fewer than 50 Potawatomipeople, all elderly. There is currently an effort underway to revive the language.
Potawatomi is a member of the Algonquian language family (itself a member of the larger Algic stock). It is usually classified as a Central Algonquian Language, along with languages such as Ojibwe, Cree, Menominee,
Miami-Illinois, Shawneeand Fox but the label "Central Algonquian" signifies a geographic grouping, rather than that the group of languages descended from a common ancestor language within the Algonquian family. Of these languages, Potawatomi is most similar to Ojibwe, however it also has borrowed a considerable amount of vocabulary from Sauk.
Current writing system
Though no standard orthography has been agreed upon by the Potawatomi communities, the system most commonly used is the "Pedagogical System" developed by the Wisconsin Native American Languages Program. As the name suggests, this writing system was designed to be used in language teaching. The system is alphabetic (based on the Roman Alphabet), and is phonemic, with each letter or digraph representing a contrastive sound. The letters used are: a b ch d e é g h ' i j k m n o p s sh t w y z zh.
The "Traditional System" used in writing Potawatomi is an alphabetic system. Letters are written in syllable groups. Potawatomi, Ottawa, Sac, Fox and Winnebago communities all used this form of syllabic writing. The System was derived from the Roman Alphabet, thus it resembles hand-written Roman text. However, unlike the Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics or the Cherokee alphabet, this writing system has not yet been incorporated into the
Each Potawatomi Syllabic block in the Traditional System consists of at least two of the 17 alphabetic letters: 13 consonants and 4 vowels. Of the 13 phonemic consonantal letters, the
written with [A] was considered optional.
Correspondence to the Ojibwe language
Due to the relatively recent diversion from the Ojibwe language, the Potawatomi language still exhibits strong correspondences to the Ojibwe language, and more specifically with the "Odaawaa" (Ottawa) dialect.
* Gailland, Maurice. "English-Potawatomi Dictionary". 1840.
* Hockett, Charles Francis. "The Potawatomi Language A Descriptive Grammar". Ann Arbor, Mich: University Microfilms International, 1987.
* Hockett, Charles Francis. "Potawatomi Syntax". 1939.
* Quimby, George Irving. "Some Notes on Kinship and Kinship Terminology Among the Potawatomi of the Huron". S.l: s.n, 1940.
* Wisconsin Native American Languages Project, and John Nichols. "Potawatomi Traditional Writing". Milwaukee Wis: Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, 1975.
* [http://www.potawatomilanguage.org Potawatomi Language Vocabulary, Audio and Video, Interactive Language Games, Online Courses]
* [http://www.potawatomilang.org/Reference/Grammar/grammartopics.html Potawatomi Grammar]
* [http://bzhekigigyagos.objectis.net Potawatomi grammar, teaching materials, stories, etc.]
* [http://www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=pot Ethnologue report for Potawatomi]
* [http://www.rosettaproject.org/archive/pot The Rosetta Project - Potawatomi Language page]
* [http://www.rosettaproject.org/archive/pot?tab_choice=forum The Rosetta Project - Potawatomi discussion forum]
* [http://www.rosettaproject.org/archive/pot?tab_choice=members The Rosetta Project - people interested in Potawatomi]
* [http://www.neaseno.org The Neshnabe Institute for Cultural Studies - Dedicated to Potawatomi Language Revitalization]
* [http://www.kansasheritage.org/PBP/homepage.html Prairie Band Potawatomi Language Project] Smokey McKinney, 1997
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