Orthography Oshta

There are four well-documented versions of the Choctaw alphabet, not including symbolic linguistic representations [IPA], and this blog uses version number one.

Okay, okay! Here is a document that shows the four orthographies. This blog uses the modern Choctaw alphabet. Why? Because the posts are being written in Mississippi and the modern version is the orthography used in the Choctaw schools in Mississippi.

I acknowledge that most of the people who write in Choctaw use blended modes of spelling, and I will try really hard not to do that. But sometimes it is hard not to throw in letters from a different orthography out of habit, preference, or because no matter which orthography you use, there ends up being some complication when typing on different devices.

On that note, just in case you don’t have a Choctaw keyboard on your computer, you can go to this website to download the Choctaw keyboard of your choice. If you only type on a personal device—good luck.

That all being said, it should now be said, that there is not one single way to spell any word correctly in Choctaw. Four different spelling systems cause us to spell things differently and that’s just the way it is. So you just need to learn how to spell every word in all four orthographies if you really want to get the language down. Except for the word ofi. Ofi is spelled the same in every orthography. You cannot misspell ofi or try to tell me another way to spell ofi. If you do, then your name is Ofi S. Washkabi.