Adai language

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Adai
Tenánat Hadéyas
Native toUnited States
RegionLouisiana
EthnicityAdai people
Extinct19th century[1]
unclassified
Language codes
ISO 639-3xad
xad
Glottologadai1235[2]
Linguasphere64-BCA-a
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Pre-contact distribution of Adai

Adai (also Adaizan, Adaizi, Adaise, Adahi, Adaes, Adees, Atayos) is an extinct Native American language that was spoken in northwestern Louisiana.

Classification[edit]

It is very poorly documented, being known only from a list of 275 words from 1804, so classification is probably impossible. It was once proposed that there may be a connection between Adai and the nearby Caddoan languages, but this now seems unlikely.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adai at MultiTree on the Linguist List
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Adai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Campbell, Lyle. (1997). American Indian languages: The historical linguistics of Native America. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509427-5
  • Mithun, Marianne. (1999). The languages of Native North America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-23228-7 (hbk); ISBN 0-521-29875-X.

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