Shawnee Language Family
Specifically, Shawnee is part of the Central/Plains language group of the Algonquian language family, a group that also includes languages such as Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Kickapoo, Miami-Illinois, Arapahoan, Cree-Montagnais, and others.
During the 19th century and 20th century, a number of spelling systems for Shawnee were developed by missionaries, linguists and anthropologists. One system was devised by a Shawnee, Thomas Wildcat Alford. None of these spelling systems were widely adopted.
The earliest known text in and about the Shawnee language was A Story of the Shawnee, by George Blue Jacket, which was published in Wapaughonnetta in October, 1829.
Other Algonquian languages
- Abenaki, Algonquin, Atikamekw, Chippewa, Cree, Fox, Massachusett, Menominee, Míkmaq, Mohegan, Mohican, Montagnais, Munsee, Narragansett, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Unami (Lenape), Wiyot