Crow language

Crow Language

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Crow (native name: Apsáalookanq̌i ) is a Missouri Valley Siouan language spoken primarily by the Crow Nation in present-day southeastern Montana. It is has one of the larger populations of American Indian languages with 4,280 speakers according to the 1990 US Census.

It is closely related to Hidatsa spoken by the Hidatsa tribe of the Dakotas; the two languages are the only members of the Missouri Valley Siouan family. The ancestor of Crow-Hidatsa may have constituted the initial split from Proto-Siouan. Crow and Hidatsa are not mutually intelligible, however the two languages share many phonological features, cognates and have similar morphologies and syntax. The split between Crow and Hidatsa may have occurred between 300 and 800 years ago.

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According to Ethnologue with figures from 1998, 77% of Crow people over 66 years old speak the language; "some" parents and older adults, "few" high school students and "no pre-schoolers" speak Crow. 80% of the Crow Nation prefers to speak in English.

However, R. Graczyk claims in his A Grammar of Crow (2007) that "nlike many other native languages of North America in general,...
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