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Creek | Koasati | Mobilian
Alternate forms: Coushatta
Language(s): Alabama | English
Date: circa 1970-1971
Extent: 2 folders, 1 box
Description: Materials relating to James M. Crawford's interest in and study of the Alabama language. Items include card-sized paper slips, English-Alabama and Alabama-English, with pencilled notes in Series V. and a folder labelled "Alabama Vocabulary (Mary McCall)" containing 5 pages of Alabama vocabulary (typed English words with handwritten Alabama equivalents) for comparing with Mobilian, apparently collected by University of Georgia student Mary McCall and dated Oct. 1971, located in Series IV-D. Research Notes & Notebooks--Other. There is also an unidentified botanical specimen described as "Plant Collected at Maggie Poncho's Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, Texas, August 1970" in Series II. Subject Files.
Collection: James M. Crawford Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.66)

Date: 1970
Extent: 2 hr., 23 min. : DIGITIZED
Description: The Mobilian material in James Crawford's "Recordings of Native American languages" collection consist of two sets of recordings pertaining to Crawford's research into remaining speakers of the Mobilian trade language, or "Mobilian Jargon." One recording is located in "Series 9: Mobilian," which is discussion and inquiry into the language with Arzelie Langley, who is interpreted into English by her granddaughter. This is conducted primarily in Choctaw and Koasati, with some Mobilian words and phrases. A second set of Mobilian recordings are scattered among "Series 14: Yuchi." See especially item 27-11, "Mobilian words and phrases," recorded with speaker Leonard Lavan, which includes conversation about use of the language and remaining speakers. (NOTE: This material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: James Crawford Recordings of Native American languages (Mss.Rec.184)