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|190 (2010 census)|
The Mikasuki language (also Miccosukee, Mikisúkî or Hitchiti-Mikasuki) is a Muskogean language spoken by around 500 people in southern Florida. It is part of the Eastern branch of Muskogean languages, along with Creek-Seminole and Apalachee–Alabama–Koasati. It is spoken by the Miccosukee tribe as well as many Florida Seminoles. The now-extinct Hitchiti language was mutually intelligible with Mikasuki.
Originally, the Seminoles and Miccosukee were part of the Creek Confederacy, until they began to migrate to Florida after contact with the Spanish. The Indian Wars of the 19th Century greatly depleted the numbers of these tribes, specifically the Second Seminole War. From this, only about 300-500 remained in Florida, moving to the Everglades. From here, the Seminoles split apart from the Miccosukee, with the former moving on reservations and the latter living along the Tamiami Trail. Though the tribes are federally recognized as being distinct, both have speakers of Mikasuki.
As of 2002, the language was taught in the local school, which had "an area devoted to 'Miccosukee Language Arts'".
As of 2011, the University of Florida Department of Anthropology is home to The Elling Eide Endowed Professorship in Miccosukee Language and Culture, for Native American languages of the southeastern United States.
There are three tones, high, low and falling. Vowel length is distinctive, for example eche ('mouth') vs eeche ('deer'), ete ('eye') vs eete ('fire').
These phonemes are based on Sylvia Boynton's Outline of Mikasuki Grammar. 
Nouns are marked with suffixes for various functions, some examples:
|ot||subject marker||embaachot hampeepom||the battery has gone bad|
|on||object marker||embaachon aklomle||I need a battery|
|ee||question marker||embachee cheméèło?||do you have a battery?|
Free pronouns exist (aane "I", chehne "you", pohne "we") but are rarely used. Verb suffixes are the usual way of marking person.
Mikasuki is written using the Latin alphabet. The vowels are pronounced as follows:
|a, aa||a, aː|
|a, aa||ã, ãː|
|e, ee||i, iː|
|e, ee||ĩː, ĩː|
|o, oo||o, oː|
|o, oo||õ; õː|
The consonants are:
High tone is indicated with an acute, low tone with a grave and falling tone with an acute (on a long vowel this is typographically split over both vowels, otherwise the grave is placed over the next consonant):
|High Tone||Low Tone||Falling Tone|
|á, áa||à, àa||áǹ, áà|
An epenthetic [ə] vowel appears in kl, kw and kn clusters in careful speech.
- Mikasuki at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mikasuki". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
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- Boynton, S. S. (1982). MIKASUKI GRAMMAR IN OUTLINE (INDIANS; FLORIDA). (Order No. 8302210, University of Florida). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, , 203-203 p. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/303232611?accountid=14707. (303232611).
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (May 2009)|
- West, J. & Smith, N. A Guide to the Miccosukee Language, Miami: Miccosukee Corporation 1978.
- West, J. The Phonology of Mikasuki in Studies in Linguistics 1962, 16:77-91.
- A Global Linguistic Database: Mikasuki
- Miccosukee place names
- Mikasuki, Omniglot
- Miccosukee Indian Language (Mikasuki, Hitchiti)
- OLAC resources in and about the Mikasuki language
- The Common Maskoki Language