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Unami

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Introduction

Unami, or Lenape, was spoken in the lower Delaware River valley (including central and southern New Jersey) and was most recently spoken in parts of Oklahoma, to where Unami-speakers were removed. It is now extinct, though language revitalization work is underway by the Delaware Tribe of Indians.

The verb

Verb list

  • adopt, laabhalteen (Denny 1785).
  • allow, quanaleinaneenolama (Denny 1785).
  • begin, lapeechoceelahtoo (Denny 1785).
  • bite, sapalake (Denny 1785).
  • believe, colamheetole (Denny 1785).
  • bleed, moocooelhasey (Denny 1785).
  • build, weekhail (Denny 1785).
  • carry, naoindayt (Denny 1785).
  • cry, laback (Denny 1785).
  • eat, mets (Anonymous 1684), metse (Penn 1683).
  • fish, lamiss (Anonymous 1684), lamaeaes (Campanius 1696), namiis (Madison 1792), num aì is (Cummings 1852).
  • fly, sakiime (Madison 1792).
  • hunt, dallie (Denny 1785).
  • make, moneeto (Denny 1785).
  • run, shamahala (Anonymous 1684), schaméra (Campanius 1696), tchamaheil (Denny 1785).
  • sleep, caaweele (Denny 1785).
  • smoke, nopone (Denny 1785), kolheek (Madison 1792)
  • stay, háppi (Campanius 1696).

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