New Words: The Language Evolves

Joshua Hinson

Joshua Hinson is an artist and Director of the Department of Chickasaw Language in the Division of History and Culture for the Chickasaw Nation. Here, Joshua describes the Language Committee’s process of creating new words and how the vocabulary has developed over time through language revitalization.


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