The Delaware language, also known as Lenape, is a Native American language that was spoken by the Lenape people, who were the original inhabitants of the Delaware Valley. The language is now extinct, but it is estimated that it was spoken by about 10,000 people in the early 1800s. The last known speaker of Delaware died in 2009. The Delaware language belongs to the Algonquian family of languages, which includes other languages such as Cree and Ojibwe. The Delaware language was closely related to the Munsee language, which is still spoken by some Native Americans in New York and New Jersey. The Delaware language was written in a script called wampum, which was made of beads strung together. The beads were made from shells, and each bead represented a word or a syllable. The wampum was used for both writing and for trading. The Delaware people had a rich oral tradition, and many of their stories were passed down from generation to generation. Some of these stories were recorded by European settlers, and they provide a valuable glimpse into the Delaware culture. The Delaware language is now extinct, but there is a small effort to revive it. In 2014, the Delaware Tribe of Indians started a language immersion program for children. The goal of the program is to create a new generation of Delaware speakers.

Language group

Algonquian languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Delaware, Latin