- Koasati language
Elton, Louisianaand Livingston, Texas.
Koasati (usually Coushatta) is a Native American language of Muskogean origin. The language is spoken by the
Coushattapeople, most of whom live in Allen Parishnorth of the town of Elton, Louisiana, though a smaller number share a reservationnear Livingston, Texaswith the Alabama people. Linguist Geoffrey Kimballhas estimated the number of speakers of the language at around 400 people, of whom approximately 350 live in Louisiana (Kimball 1991).
Koasati is most closely related to the
Alabama language, but though the Coushatta and Alabama have historically lived near each other, their languages are no longer mutually intelligible without extensive exposure. The language is also related to the Mikasuki languageand some native speakers of Coushatta report they can understand Mikasuki without previous exposure to the language.
One notable feature of the language is that men and women use slightly different grammatical forms of verbs.
*cite book | author=Kimball, Geoffrey D. | title=Koasati Grammar | publisher=University of Nebraska Press | year=1991 | id=ISBN 0-8032-2725-6
*cite book | author=Kimball, Geoffrey D. | title=Koasati Dictionary | publisher=University of Nebraska Press | year=1994 | id=ISBN 0-8032-2726-4
* [http://www.coushattatribela.org/ Sovereign Nation of The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana]
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=cku Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Koasati entry]
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