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Algonquian languages

Subfamily of the Algic languages of North America / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Algonquian languages (/ælˈɡɒŋkiən/ or /ælˈɡɒŋkwiən/;[1] also Algonkian) are a subfamily of Indigenous American languages that include most languages in the Algic language family. The name of the Algonquian language family is distinguished from the orthographically similar Algonquin dialect of the Indigenous Ojibwe language (Chippewa), which is a senior member of the Algonquian language family. The term Algonquin has been suggested to derive from the Maliseet word elakómkwik (pronounced [ɛlæˈɡomoɡwik]), "they are our relatives/allies".[2][3] A number of Algonquian languages are considered extinct languages by the modern linguistic definition.

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North America
Linguistic classificationAlgic
  • Algonquian
ISO 639-2 / 5alg
Glottologalgo1256  (Algonquian-Blackfoot)
Pre-contact distribution of Algonquian languages

Speakers of Algonquian languages stretch from the east coast of North America to the Rocky Mountains. The proto-language from which all of the languages of the family descend, Proto-Algonquian, was spoken around 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.[4] There is no scholarly consensus about where this language was spoken.