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Subject: Cheraw Language
Question: I am a member of the Cheraw Indian Nation. Our language has been lost over the years with no record at all of any part of it. In our very area lived the Lumbee Indians (who were a mixture of Cheraw, PeeDee, Tuscarora, as well as other nations), the Catawba (who many Cheraw joined in the mid 1700's), The Cherokee, the Tuscarora. Most of their languages was Algonkian in base and there are other languages with that same base. Considering the nomadic nature of our people, and considering the necessity of trade among the different nations, to me it would be reasonable for their languages to mix to some extent if not to a great extent. Would it be possible to take a base of a certain amount of words from these various languages, who are derived from the same base and build a rudimentary language which could be learned and spoken? If so how many words would be needed?
Reply: Your question reminded me of the creation of Esperanto. This language is also based on words (and grammatical features) of “sister” languages – with a few “cousins” thrown in as well. Perhaps contacting their major organisation, the World Esperanto Association, might give you a few leads? Their English website is here: Madalena
Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 17-May-2013
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Cheraw Language    Herbert Frederic Stahlke     (18-May-2013)
  2. Re: Cheraw Language    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (17-May-2013)

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