There are countless languages spoken across the United States. This is no secret, since immigrants from around the world flock to the US, bringing their languages with them. But in fact, even hundreds of years ago, before even the initial immigrants from Europe landed on the continent, the land that would become the US was incredibly linguistically diverse. Indigenous languages spoken by various ethnolinguistic groups thrived, and among them was the Crow language.
Many of these languages are still spoken today, albeit by low numbers of people. Crow falls into this category. The language boasts roughly 3,500 speakers as of the 2007 census, although most of these speakers are elderly. Not many children speak Crow, although some are indeed learning the language, and revitalization efforts, including a Crow language immersion school, have contributed to increased numbers of young speakers. Unfortunately, translation services for endangered languages like Crow are hard to come by, which is why we at TranslationServices.com have taken matters into our own hands and compiled our own Crow translation team, capable of translating both to and from Crow.
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Discovering the fascinating characteristics of Crow
Most speakers of Crow live in the Crow Nation, which is located in southeastern Montana. The language hails from the Siouan language family, making Crow related to the well-known Dakota and Lakota languages to the east. Crow is also grammatically complicated—like many other indigenous languages of the United States and Canada, it’s a polysynthetic language that incorporates a great deal of inflection. Nouns can take both prefixes and suffixes that either alter the meaning or create entirely new words, and verbs can take a huge string of markers that express all sorts of information.
Crow distinguishes between alienable and inalienable possession, using different possessive markers depending on the alienability. Generally but not always, body parts and kinship terms are inalienable, and other nouns that feel intertwined with a speaker may be used with inalienable markers. In verbs, Crow marks both the subject and object, using different pronominal markers for active and stative verbs. The overall word order is subject-object-verb, although object markers come before subject markers within verbs. Definite and indefinite markers on nouns provide the same nuance as English’s “the” and “a/an” and can apply to an entire phrase, not just a single noun.
Translation services to and from Crow for just about anything you want
You might be thinking that Crow sounds like a complicated language—and yes, it is. We’re not denying that. But our Crow translators are proud native speakers who have mastered the art of translating between Crow and English, and they’re eager to help you cross this language barrier. If you want to translate historical documents in Crow or traditional stories in Crow, let us help—these are great ways to spread Crow culture and drum up more appreciation. If you’re looking to translate educational content into Crow so more children can learn in their native language, we’d be happy to help. We’re also passionate about translating interesting content into Crow, such as books, poems, websites, games, and apps. Not only do such translations induce feelings of pride among Crow speakers, but they also give Crow speakers and learners alike more opportunities to use the language.
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