• Language: Wampanoag
  • Alternate names: Wôpanâak, Massachusett-Narragansett, Massachusett, Massachusetts, Natick, Wamponoag
  • Language code: wam
  • Language family: Algic, Algonquian, Eastern Algonquian (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers:
  • Vulnerability: Awakening
  • Script: Latin script.

More information:

    Massachusett-Narragansett was a complex of Southern New England Algonquian dialects spoken around Massachusetts Bay from southern Maine to Cape Cod, as well as around Narragansett Bay and on Martha’s Vineyard. Several varieties of Massachusett-Narragansett are quite well documented from the Colonial period, including the dialect of the mission town of Natick, which was the basis of John Eliot's translation of the whole Bible (1663) and grammatical sketch (1666), and the Narragansett dialect of Rhode Island (Roger Williams 1643). Currently there are efforts to revive the speaking of the language under the name Wampanoag. The language fell into disuse in most areas during the 18th century, but a variety continued to be spoken on Martha’s Vineyard until the end of the 19th century. (Golla et al. 2008.)