would you happen to know anything about the 'ancient' Taíno language? I want to learn more about my heritage and was hoping maybe you would know of any websites there are out there.
Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about it. :( Where I would start is I’d go to the Wikipedia page and start hunting up references. There are dictionaries here and here. There’s a reconstruction of verb forms here. The best thing to do would be to hunt up print resources (especially older print resources) in university libraries. That requires access to a university library, though, so that might be tough. Or, maybe not. Graduate students have access to university libraries, so all you need is access to a graduate student. :) Realistically, though, this is going to be tough. To get access to a language, you need access to speakers. If there are no speakers, you need written records. If there are no written records, you need records from linguists who did have access to speakers. If there are none of those, you need records from explorers or missionaries who had access to speakers. If there are none of those you’re sunk. :( My guess is that there may be more (if not better) records in Spanish, since Spanish speakers had access to that area first, as I recall. They would’ve come in contact with those speakers. Otherwise you can also look at related languages. Again, though, I don’t know anything about this language or related languages, so I can’t be a big help. Sorry!