Preservation

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By speaking and sharing the language, Chickasaw people are ensuring its survival for many years to come. Here, discover how Chickasaw linguists and elders are working to preserve their ancestral tongue.

A Linguist's Appreciation of the Chickasaw Language

Pamela Munro

Pamela Munro is a linguistics professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. She believes the Chickasaw language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world and her life's work backs her belief.

Among other books, she is co-author (with speaker Catherine Willmond) of two Chickasaw language books--Chickasaw an Analytical Dictionary and a textbook, Lets Speak Chickasaw: Chikashshanompa' Kilanompoli'.

Both books are available through the Chickasaw Press.

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Catherine Willmond and Pamela Munro: Admiration for Speaking Chickasaw

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Chickasaw was preserved as an oral language passed down through families from generation to generation.

Chickasaw: A Unique Language

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UCLA Linguistics Professor Pamela Munro explains some of the differences between Chickasaw and English, including the length of verbs.

Catherine Willmond and Pamela Munro: A Partnership is Created

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In 1977, the late Reverend Oliver Neal introduced fluent Chickasaw speaker Catherine Willmond and UCLA Linguist Pamela Munro.