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Osage Language

Spoken by the Osage Nation (Wazhazhe)
Thanks to Charlie Lame Deer for helping me with this language.


Ho-wa O-kla-xo-ma!

[howa (howe) oklaxoma]          (ho-wah [or ho-way] oh-klah-kho-ma!)

 

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Ho-wa-gi tha-thiⁿ-she shki i-thi-the a-ka noⁿ noⁿ e e-sho ṭa-do ha-zhoⁿ ke shki ça’ni i-the e-ba noⁿ e.

Wherever you are and whatever you do God sees you.


Source: La Flesche, Francis. 1932 [1976]. A Dictionary of the Osage Language. Washington DC: US Govt. Printing Office. Accessed at the Rosetta Project.

An Osage alphabet

This is the orthography used in A Dictionary of the Osage Language, by Francis La Flesche.
  • a – as in father.
  • b – as in bad.
  • ç – as in thin.
  • d – as in dog.
  • e – as in prey.
  • ʼe – exploded e.
  • g – as in go.
  • h – as in he.
  • i – as in pierce.
  • ʼi – exploded i.
  • iⁿ – nasalized i.
  • ʼiⁿ – nasalized exploded i.
  • k – as in kin.
  • – a medial k (between k and g).
  • m – as in man.
  • n – as in no.
  • – nasalized n.
  • hn – the sound of the initial letter is expelled from the nostrils and is scarcely audible.
  • o – as in note.
  • ʼo – exploded o.
  • oⁿ – nasalized o.
  • p – as in pipe.
  • – a medial p (between p and b).
  • s – as in sit.
  • sh – as in shun.
  • t – as in ten.
  • – a medial t (between t and d).
  • th – as in then.
  • u – as in rule.
  • ʼu – exploded u.
  • w – as in wet.
  • x – rough German ch.
  • zh – as in azure

 


Source: La Flesche, Francis. 1932 [1976]. A Dictionary of the Osage Language. Washington DC: US Govt. Printing Office. Accessed at the Rosetta Project.
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