Information from: “Personal communication on Miami-Illinois from the Myaamia Center” . Jarrid Baldwin (2020)
No first-language (L1) speakers
"The number of speakers is difficult to track, due to our language revitalization efforts that have spread the language beyond a core group, and no census having been done."
DATE OF INFO
Yes, tribal government
Yes, through the Miami Tribe's partnership with Miami University, known as the Myaamia Center
OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
Scripts (Writing system)
More on Orthography
Double-vowel orthography using the Roman alphabet
"The community is a diasporic community spread across the United States. As a result, the language is spoken in many different areas, however the known hot spots for high language use are Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma"
Information from: “North America” (7-41) . Victor Golla and Ives Goddard and Lyle Campbell and Marianne Mithun and Mauricio Mixco (2008) , Chris Moseley and Ron Asher · Routledge
No known L1 speakers. Speakers of at least some varieties survived into the 20th century, but there have been no fluent first-language speakers since 1962.
Information from: “North America” (1-96) . Victor Golla (2007) , C. Moseley · London & New York: Routledge
Was extinct, but well documented. A tribal scholar studied documentation, became a fluent second language speaker, and is raising his two children to speak the language.
LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
Miami University of Ohio has established an institute for the study of Miami culture and language, and courses in Miami have been offered there and at the Woodland Indian Cultural Center at Prophetstown, Indiana.
Illinois and northern Indiana
Information from: “The World Atlas of Language Structures” . Bernard Comrie and David Gil and Martin Haspelmath and Matthew S. Dryer · Oxford University Press
Information from: “The Myaamia Center” .
"No fluent L1 speakers."
MORE ON VITALITY
"The Myaamia Center (formally the Myaamia Project), created in 2001, is a tribal initiative located within an academic environment to advance the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma’s language and cultural revitalization efforts.
The Myaamia Center has two main purposes. The first is to conduct in-depth research to assist tribal educational initiatives aimed at the preservation of language and culture. This research is used to create a wide range of educational models and materials for community language and cultural programs.
The second purpose is to expose undergraduate and graduate students at Miami University to tribal efforts in language and cultural revitalization. Student experiences are gained through a wide range of activities including visits to Oklahoma, direct involvement in research initiatives, class visitations by Center staff, and access to Miami Tribe language and cultural resources."
Information from: “Personal Communication: Myaamia Language Locations” . Myaamia Center (2013)
There are two groups whose members are involved in Myaamia language revitalization: the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (Miami, Oklahoma) and the Miami Nation of Indiana (Peru, Indiana).
Information from: “Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 18th Edition” . Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig · SIL International
"No fluent L1 speakers since 1962 (Golla 2007)."
DATE OF INFO
1977 (for ethnic population figures)
MORE ON VITALITY
"Miami University of Ohio with support of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has developed the Myaamia Center for study of Miami culture and language. Courses are offered there and the Miami Tribe has been developing youth programs since 2005 (2013 D. Baldwin)."
"Miami dialect: north central Indiana; Miami and Peoria dialects: northeast Oklahoma."