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Uto-Aztecan or Uto-Aztekan /ˈjuːtoʊ.æzˈtɛkən/ is a family of Indigenous languages of the Americas. The language family consisting of over 30 languages. Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
are found almost entirely in the Western United States
Western United States
and Mexico. The name of the language family was created to show that it includes both the Ute language of Utah
and the Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
of Mexico. The Uto-Aztecan language family is one of the largest linguistic families in the Americas in terms of number of speakers, number of languages, and geographic extension.[2] The northernmost Uto-Aztecan language is Shoshoni, which is spoken as far north as Salmon, Idaho, while the southernmost is the Pipil language
Pipil language
of El Salvador. Ethnologue
gives the total number of languages in the family as 61, and the total number of speakers as 1,900,412.[3] The roughly 1.5 million speakers of Nahuatl
languages account for almost four-fifths (78.9%) of these. The internal classification of the family often divides the family into two branches: a northern branch including all the languages of the US and a Southern branch including all the languages of Mexico, although it is still being discussed whether this is best understood as a genetic classification or as a geographical one. Below this level of classification the main branches are well accepted: Numic (including languages such as Comanche and Shoshoni); and the Californian languages (formerly known as the Takic group), including Cahuilla and Luiseño, account for most of the Northern languages. Hopi and Tübatulabal are languages outside those groups. The Southern languages are divided into the Tepiman (including O'odham and Tepehuán); the Tarahumaran languages including Raramuri and Guarijio language; the Cahitan languages
Cahitan languages
(Yaqui and Mayo language), Corachol (including Cora and Huichol) and Nahuan languages. The homeland of the Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
is generally considered to have been in the Southwestern United States
Southwestern United States
or possibly Northwestern Mexico. Linguistic scholars have discussed the possibility that the language family originated in southern Mexico, within the Mesoamerican language area.


1 Proto-Uto-Aztecan

1.1 Vowels 1.2 Consonants

2 Geographic distribution

2.1 Present-day locations of living Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
in Mexico and Mesoamerica

3 Classification

3.1 History of classification 3.2 Present scheme 3.3 Extinct languages

4 References 5 Sources

5.1 Individual languages

6 External links

Proto-Uto-Aztecan[edit] Proto-Uto-Aztecan is the hypothetical common ancestor of the Uto-Aztecan languages. Authorities on the history of the language group have usually placed the Proto-Uto-Aztecan homeland in the border region between the United States and Mexico, namely the upland regions of Arizona
and New Mexico
and the adjacent areas of the Mexican states of Sonora
and Chihuahua, roughly corresponding to the Sonoran Desert and the western part of the Chihuahuan Desert. It would have been spoken by Mesolithic
foragers in Aridoamerica, about 5,000 years ago. Reconstructions of the botanical vocabulary offer clues to the ecological niche inhabited by the Proto-Uto-Aztecans. Fowler placed the center of Proto-Uto-Aztecan in Central Arizona
with northern dialects extending into Nevada
and the Mojave desert and southern dialects extending south through the Tepiman corridor into Mexico.[4] The homeland of the Numic languages has been placed in Southern California
near Death Valley, and the homeland of the proposed Southern Uto-Aztecan group has been placed on the coast of Sonora.[5] A contrary proposal suggests the homeland of Proto-Uto-Aztecan to have been much farther to the south; it was published in 2001 by Jane H. Hill, based on her reconstruction of maize-related vocabulary in Proto-Uto-Aztecan. By her theory, the assumed speakers of Proto-Uto-Aztecan were maize cultivators in Mesoamerica, who gradually moved north, bringing maize cultivation with them, during the period of roughly 4,500 to 3,000 years ago. The geographic diffusion of speakers corresponded to the breakup of linguistic unity.[6][7] The hypothesis has been criticized on several grounds, and it is not generally accepted by Uto-Aztecanists.[8][9][10][11][12] A survey of agriculture-related vocabulary by Merrill (2012) found that the agricultural vocabulary can be reconstructed for only Southern Uto-Aztecan. That supports a conclusion that the Proto-Uto-Aztecan speech community did not practice agriculture but adopted it only after entering Mesoamerica
from the north.[13] A recent proposal, by David L. Shaul, presents evidence suggesting contact between Proto-Uto-Aztecan and languages of central California, such as Esselen and the Yokutsan languages. That leads Shaul to suggest that Proto-Uto-Aztecan was spoken in California's Central Valley area, and it formed part of an ancient Californian linguistic area.[14] Vowels[edit] Proto-Uto-Aztecan is reconstructed as having an unusual vowel inventory: *i *a *u *o *ɨ. Langacker (1970) demonstrated that the fifth vowel should be reconstructed as *ɨ as opposed to *e, and there has been a long-running dispute over the proper reconstruction.[15][16][17] Consonants[edit]

Bilabial Coronal Palatal Velar Labialized velar Glottal

Stop *p *t

*k *kʷ *ʔ






Nasal *m *n






*n and *ŋ may have actually been *l and *n, respectively. Geographic distribution[edit]

Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
are spoken in the North American mountain ranges and adjacent lowlands of the western United States (in the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona) and of Mexico
(states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Durango, Zacatecas, Jalisco, Michoacán, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz, Morelos, Estado de México, and Ciudad de México. Classical Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, and its modern relatives are part of the Uto-Aztecan family. The Pipil language, an offshoot of Nahuatl, spread to Central America by a wave of migration from Mexico, and formerly had many speakers there. Now it has gone extinct in Guatemala and Honduras, and it is nearly extinct in western El Salvador, all areas dominated by use of Spanish. Present-day locations of living Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
in Mexico
and Mesoamerica[edit]

Classification[edit] History of classification[edit] Uto-Aztecan has been accepted by linguists as a language family since the early 1900s, and six subgroups are accepted as valid by all experts: Numic, Takic, Pimic, Taracahitic, Corachol, and Aztecan. That leaves two ungrouped languages: Tübatulabal and Hopi (sometimes termed "isolates within the family"). As to higher-level groupings, disagreement has persisted since the 19th century. Presently scholars also disagree as to where to draw language boundaries within the dialect continuum. The similarities among the Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
were noted as early as 1859 by J.C.E. Buschmann, but he failed to recognize the genetic affiliation between the Aztecan branch and the rest. He ascribed the similarities between the two groups to diffusion. Daniel Garrison Brinton added the Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
to the family in 1891 and coined the term Uto-Aztecan. John Wesley Powell, however, rejected the claim in his own classification of North American indigenous languages (also published in 1891). Powell recognized two language families: "Shoshonean" (encompassing Takic, Numic, Hopi, and Tübatulabal) and "Sonoran" (encompassing Pimic, Taracahitan, and Corachol). In the early 1900s Alfred L. Kroeber
Alfred L. Kroeber
filled in the picture of the Shoshonean group,[18] while Edward Sapir
Edward Sapir
proved the unity among Aztecan, "Sonoran", and "Shoshonean".[19][20][21] Sapir's applications of the comparative method to unwritten Native American languages are regarded as groundbreaking.[citation needed] Voegelin, Voegelin & Hale (1962) argued for a three-way division of Shoshonean, Sonoran and Aztecan, following Powell.[22] As of about 2011, there is still debate about whether to accept the proposed basic split between "Northern Uto-Aztecan" and "Southern Uto-Aztecan" languages.[2] Northern-Utoaztecan corresponds to Powell's "Shoshonean", and the latter is all the rest: Powell's "Sonoran" plus Aztecan. Northern Uto-Aztecan was proposed as a genetic grouping by Jeffrey Heath (1978) based on morphological evidence, and Manaster Ramer (1992) adduced phonological evidence in the form of a sound law. Kaufman (1981) accepted the basic division into Northern and Southern branches as valid. Other scholars have rejected the genealogical unity of either both nodes or the Northern node alone.[23][24][25][26] Miller's argument was statistical, arguing that Northern Uto-Aztecan languages displayed too few cognates to be considered a unit. On the other hands he found the number of cognates among Southern Uto-Aztecan languages to suggest a genetic relation.[25] This position was supported by subsequent lexicostatistic analyses by Cortina-Borja & Valiñas-Coalla (1989) and Cortina-Borja, Stuart-Smith & Valiñas-Coalla (2002). Reviewing the debate, Haugen (2008) considers the evidence in favor of the genetic unity of Northern Uto-Aztecan to be convincing, but remains agnostic on the validity of Southern Uto-Aztecan as a genetic grouping. Hill (2011) also considered the North/South split to be valid based on phonological evidence, confirming both groupings. Merrill (2013) adduced further evidence for the unity of Southern Uto-Aztecan as a valid grouping. Hill (2011) also rejected the validity of the Takic grouping decomposing it into a Californian areal grouping together with Tubatulabal. Some classifications have posited a genetic relation between Corachol and Nahuan (e.g. Merrill (2013)). Kaufman recognizes similarities between Corachol and Aztecan, but explains them by diffusion instead of genetic evolution.[27] Most scholars view the breakup of Proto-Uto-Aztecan as a case of the gradual disintegration of a dialect continuum.[28] Present scheme[edit] Below is a representation of the internal classification of the language family based on Shaul (2014). The classification reflects the decision to split up the previous Taracahitic and Takic groups, that are no-longer considered to be valid genetic units. Whether the division between Northern and Southern languages is best understood as geographical or phylogenetic is under discussion. The table contains demographic information about number of speakers and their locations based on data from The Ethnologue. The table also contains links to a selected bibliography of grammars, dictionaries on many of the individual languages.(† = extinct)

Genealogical classification of Uto-Aztecan languages

Family Groups Languages Where spoken and approximate number of speakers Works

Uto-Aztecan languages Northern Uto-Aztecan (possibly an areal grouping) Numic Western Numic Paviotso, Bannock, Northern Paiute 700 speakers in California, Oregon, Idaho
and Nevada Nichols (1973)

Mono About 40 speakers in California Lamb (1958)

Central Numic

Shoshoni, Goshiute 1000 fluent speakers and 1000 learners in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Idaho McLaughlin (2012)

Comanche 100 speakers in Oklahoma Robinson & Armagost (1990)

Timbisha, Panamint 20 speakers in California
and Nevada Dayley (1989)

Southern Numic Colorado River dialect chain: Ute, Southern Paiute, Chemehuevi 920 speakers of all dialects, in Colorado, Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona Givón (2011), Press (1979), Sapir (1992)

Kawaiisu 5 speakers in California Zigmond, Booth & Munro (1991)

Californian language area Serran Serrano, Kitanemuk (†) No native speakers Hill (1967)

Cupan Cahuilla, Cupeño 35 speakers of Cahuilla, no native speakers of Cupeño Seiler (1977), Hill (2005)

Luiseño-Juaneño 5 speakers in Southern California Kroeber & Grace (1960)

Tongva (Gabrielino-Fernandeño) (†) Extinct since ca. 1900, Southern California Munro & Gabrielino/Tongva Language Committee (2008)


Hopi 6,800 speakers in northeastern Arizona Hopi Dictionary Project (1998), Jeanne (1978)


Tübatulabal 5 speakers in Kern County, California Voegelin (1935), Voegelin (1958)

Southern Uto-Aztecan (possibly an areal grouping) Tepiman

Pimic O'odham (Pima-Papago) 14,000 speakers in southern Arizona, US and northern Sonora, Mexico Zepeda (1983)

Pima Bajo (O'ob No'ok) 650 speakers in Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico Estrada-Fernández (1998)

Tepehuan Northern Tepehuan 6,200 speakers in Chihuahua, Mexico Bascom (1982)

Southern Tepehuan 10,600 speakers in Southeastern Durango Willett (1991)

Tepecano (†) Extinct since 1972, spoken in Northern Jalisco Mason (1916)


Tarahumara (several varieties) 45,500 speakers of all varieties, all spoken in Chihuahua Caballero (2008)

Upriver Guarijio, Downriver Guarijio 2,840 speakers in Chihuahua and Sonora Miller (1996)

Tubar (†) Spoken in Sinaloa and Sonora Lionnet (1978)


Yaqui 11,800 in Sonora
and Arizona Dedrick & Casad (1999)

Mayo 33,000 in Sinaloa and Sonora Freeze (1989)


Opata (†) Extinct since approx. 1930. Spoken in Sonora. Shaul (2001)

Eudeve (†) Spoken in Sonora, but extinct since 1940 Lionnet (1986)


Cora 13,600 speakers in northern Nayarit Casad (1984)

Huichol 17,800 speakers in Nayarit
and Jalisco Iturrioz Leza, Ramírez de la Cruz & (2001)


Pochutec (†) Extinct since 1970s, spoken on the coast of Oaxaca Boas (1917)

Core Nahuan Pipil 20-40 speakers in El Salvador Campbell (1985)

Nahuatl 1,500,000 speakers in Central Mexico Launey (1986), Langacker (1979)

In addition to the above languages for which linguistic evidence exists, it is suspected that among dozens of now extinct, undocumented or poorly known languages of northern Mexico, many were Uto-Aztecan.[29] Extinct languages[edit] Main article: List of extinct Uto-Aztecan languages See also: List of extinct languages of North America A large number of languages known only from brief mentions are thought to have been Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
that became extinct before being documented.[30] References[edit]

^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Uto-Aztecan". Glottolog
3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.  ^ a b Caballero 2011. ^ Ethnologue
(2014). "Summary by language family". SIL International. Retrieved July 2, 2014.  ^ Fowler 1983. ^ Campbell 1997, p. 137. ^ Hill 2001, [1]. ^ Hill 2010, [2]. ^ Kemp et al. 2010, [3]. ^ Merrill et al. 2010, [4]. ^ Brown 2010, [5]. ^ Campbell 2003. ^ Campbell & Poser 2008, p. 346-350. ^ Merrill 2012. ^ Shaul 2014. ^ Langacker 1970, [6]. ^ Dakin 1996, [7]. ^ Campbell 1997, p. 136. ^ Kroeber 1907. ^ Sapir 1913. ^ Kroeber 1934. ^ Whorf 1935. ^ Steele 1979. ^ Goddard 1996, p. 7. ^ Miller 1983, p. 118. ^ a b Miller 1984. ^ Mithun 1999, p. 539-540. ^ Kaufman 2001, [8]. ^ Mithun 1999. ^ Campbell 1997. ^ Campbell 1997, pp. 133-135.


Brown, Cecil H. (2010). "Lack of linguistic support for Proto-Uto-Aztecan at 8900 BP (letter)". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 107 (15): E34. doi:10.1073/pnas.0914859107. PMC 2841887 . PMID 20231478.  Caballero, G. (2011). "Behind the Mexican Mountains: Recent Developments and New Directions in Research on Uto‐Aztecan Languages". Language and Linguistics Compass. 5 (7): 485–504. doi:10.1111/j.1749-818x.2011.00287.x.  Campbell, Lyle (1997). American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America. Oxford University Press.  Campbell, Lyle (2003). "What drives linguistic diversification and language spread?". In Bellwood, Peter; Renfrew, Colin. Examining the farming/language dispersal hypothesis. Cambridge(U.K.): McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. pp. 49–63.  Campbell, Lyle; Poser, William J. (2008). Language classification, history and method. Cambridge University Press.  Cortina-Borja, M; Valiñas-Coalla, L (1989). "Some remarks on Uto-Aztecan Classification". International Journal of American Linguistics. 55: 214–239. doi:10.1086/466114.  Cortina-Borja, M.; Stuart-Smith, J.; Valiñas-Coalla, L. (2002). "Multivariate classification methods for lexical and phonological dissimilarities and their application to the Uto-Aztecan family". Journal of Quantitative Linguistics. 9 (2): 97–124. doi:10.1076/jqul.  Dakin, Karen (1996). "Long vowels and morpheme boundaries in Nahuatl and Uto-Aztecan: comments on historical developments" (PDF). Amerindia. 21.  Fowler, Catherine S. (1983). "Some lexical clues to Uto-Aztecan prehistory". International Journal of America Linguistics. 49 (3): 224–257. doi:10.1086/465789.  Goddard, Ives (1996). "Introduction". In Goddard, Ives. Handbook of North American Indians. 17. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. pp. 1–16.  Haugen, J. D. (2008). Morphology at the interfaces: reduplication and noun incorporation in Uto-Aztecan. Vol. 117. John Benjamins Publishing.  Heath, J. (1978). "Uto-Aztecan* na-class verbs". International Journal of American Linguistics. 44 (3): 211–222. doi:10.1086/465546.  Hill, Jane H. (December 2001). "Proto-Uto-Aztecan". American Anthropologist. New Series. 103 (4): 913–934. doi:10.1525/aa.2001.103.4.913. JSTOR 684121.  Hill, Jane H. (2010). "New evidence for a Mesoamerican homeland for Proto-Uto-Aztecan". PNAS. 107 (11): E33. doi:10.1073/pnas.0914473107. PMC 2841890 . PMID 20231477.  Hill, J. H. (2011). "Subgrouping in Uto-Aztecan. Language Dynamics and Change". Language Dynamics and Change. 1 (2): 241–278. doi:10.1163/221058212x643978.  Iannucci, David (1972). Numic historical phonology. Cornell University PhD dissertation.  Kaufman, Terrence (2001). Nawa linguistic prehistory. Mesoamerican Language Documentation Project.  Kaufman, Terrence (1981). Lyle Campbell, ed. Comparative Uto-Aztecan Phonology. Unpublished manuscript.  Kemp; González-Oliver; Malhi; Monroe; Schroeder; McDonough; Rhett; Resendéz; Peñalosa-Espinoza; Buentello-Malo; Gorodetsky; Smith (2010). "Evaluating the farming/language dispersal hypothesis with genetic variation exhibited by populations in the Southwest and Mesoamerica". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 107 (15): 6759–6764. doi:10.1073/pnas.0905753107. PMC 2872417 . PMID 20351276.  Kroeber, Alfred Louis (1907). Shoshonean dialects of California. The University Press. Retrieved 24 August 2012.  Kroeber, Alfred Louis (1934). Uto-Aztecan Languages of Mexico. 8. University of California
Press.  Langacker, Ronald W. (1970). "The Vowels of Proto Uto-Aztecan". International Journal of American Linguistics. 36 (3): 169–180. doi:10.1086/465108.  Langacker, R. W. (1977). An overview of Uto-Aztecan grammar. Summer Institute of Linguistics.  Langacker, R. W. (1976). Non-distinct arguments in Uto-Aztecan. Berkeley: University of California
Press.  Manaster Ramer, Alexis (1992). "A Northern Uto-Aztecan Sound Law: *-c- → -y-¹". International Journal of American Linguistics. 58 (3): 251–268. JSTOR 3519784.  Merrill, William L.; Hard, Robert J.; Mabry, Jonathan B.; Fritz; Adams; Roney; MacWilliams (2010). "Reply to Hill and Brown: Maize and Uto-Aztecan cultural history". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 107 (11): E35–E36. doi:10.1073/pnas.1000923107.  Merrill, W (2013). "The genetic unity of southern Uto-Aztecan". Language Dynamics and Change. 3: 68–104.  Merrill, William L. (2012). "The Historical Linguistics of Uto-Aztecan Agriculture". Anthropological Linguistics. 54 (3): 203–260. doi:10.1353/anl.2012.0017.  Miller, Wick R. (1986). " Numic Languages". In Warren L. d’Azevedo. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11, Great Basin. Washington: Smithsonian Institution. pp. Pages 98–106.  Miller, Wick R. (1983). "A note on extinct languages of northwest Mexico
of supposed Uto-Aztecan affiliation". International Journal of American Linguistics. 49: 328–333. doi:10.1086/465793.  Miller, Wick R. (1983). "Uto-Aztecan languages". In Ortiz, Alfonso. Handbook of North American Indians. 10. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. pp. 113–124.  Miller, Wick R. (1984). "The classification of the Uto-Aztecan languages based on lexical evidence". International Journal of American Linguistics. 50 (1): 1–24. doi:10.1086/465813.  Mithun, Marianne (1999). The languages of Native America. Cambridge University Press.  Sapir, E. (1913). "Southern Paiute and Nahuatl, a study in Uto-Aztekan". Journal de la Société des Américanistes. 10 (2): 379–425. doi:10.3406/jsa.1913.2866.  Shaul, David L. (2014). A Prehistory of Western North America: The Impact of Uto-Aztecan Languages. University of New Mexico
Press.  Shaul, David L.; Hill, Jane H. (1998). Tepimans, Yumans, and other Hohokam. American Antiquity. pp. 375–396.  Steele, Susan (1979). "Uto-Aztecan: An assessment for historical and comparative linguistics". In Campbell, Lyle; Mithun, Marianne. The Languages of Native America: Historical and Comparative Assessment. Austin: University of Texas Press. pp. 444–544.  Voegelin, C. F.; Voegelin, F.; Hale, K. (1962). Typological and Comparative Grammar of Uto-Aztecan: Phonology. Memoirs of the International Journal of American Linguistics. 17. Waverly Press.  Whorf, B. L. (1935). "THE COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS OF UTO‐AZTECAN". American Anthropologist. 37 (4): 600–608. doi:10.1525/aa.1935.37.4.02a00050. 

Individual languages[edit]

Boas, Franz (1917). "El dialecto mexicano de Pochutla, Oaxaca". International Journal of American Linguistics (in Spanish). New York: Douglas C. McMurtrie. 1 (1): 9–44. doi:10.1086/463709. OCLC 56221629.  Hopi Dictionary Project (1998). Hopi Dictionary: Hopìikwa Lavàytutuveni: A Hopi–English Dictionary of the Third Mesa Dialect With an English–Hopi Finder List and a Sketch of Hopi Grammar. Tucson: University of Arizona
Press.  Campbell, Lyle (1985). The Pipil Language of El Salvador. Mouton Grammar Library, no. 1. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-010344-1. OCLC 13433705.  Dayley, Jon P. (1989). "Tümpisa (Panamint) Shoshone Grammar". University of California
Publications in Linguistics. Berkeley: University of California
Press. 115.  Givón, Talmy (2011). Ute Reference Grammar. Culture and Language Use Volume 3. Amsterdam:: John Benjamins Publishing Company.  Jeanne, LaVerne Masayesva (1978). Aspects of Hopi grammar. MIT, dissertation.  Voegelin, Charles F. (1935). "Tübatulabal Grammar". University of California
Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology. 34: 55–190.  Voegelin, Charles F. (1958). "Working Dictionary of Tübatulabal". International Journal of American Linguistics. 24 (3): 221–228. doi:10.1086/464459.  Robinson, Lila Wistrand; Armagost, James (1990). Comanche dictionary and grammar. publications in linguistics (No. 92). Dallas, Texas: The Summer Institute of Linguistics and The University of Texas at Arlington.  Lamb, Sydney M (1958). A Grammar of Mono (PDF). PhD Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved July 8, 2012.  Zigmond, Maurice L.; Booth, Curtis G.; Munro, Pamela (1991). Pamela Munro, ed. Kawaiisu, A Grammar and Dictionary with Texts. University of California
Publications in Linguistics. Volume 119. Berkeley, California: University of California
Press.  Nichols, Michael (1973). Northern Paiute historical grammar. University of California, Berkeley PhD dissertation.  McLaughlin, John E. (2012). Shoshoni Grammar. Languages of the World/Meterials 488. Muenchen: LINCOM Europa.  Press, Margaret L. (1979). Chemehuevi, A Grammar and Lexicon. University of California
Publications in Linguistics. Volume 92. Berkeley, California: University of California
Press.  Sapir, Edward (1992) [1930]. "Southern Paiute, a Shoshonean Language". In William Bright. The Collected Works of Edward Sapir, X, Southern Paiute and Ute Linguistics and Ethnography. Berlin: Mouton deGruyter.  Seiler, Hans-Jakob (1977). Cahuilla Grammar. Banning, California: Malki Museum Press.  Hill, Kenneth C. (1967). A Grammar of the Serrano Language. University of California, Los Angeles, PhD dissertation.  Hill, Jane H. (2005). A Grammar of Cupeño. University of California Publications in Linguistics. Berkeley: University of California Press.  Caballero, Gabriela (2008). Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara) Phonology and Morphology (PDF). PhD Dissertation: University of California
at Berkeley.  Thornes, Tim (2003). A Northern Paiute Grammar with Texts. PhD Dissertation: University of Oregon
at Eugene.  Kroeber, Alfred L.; Grace, George William (1960). The Sparkman Grammar of Luiseño. University of California
Publications in Linguistics 16. Berkeley: The University of California
Press.  Zepeda, Ofelia (1983). A Tohono O'odham Grammar. Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona
Press.  Willett, T. (1991). A reference grammar of southeastern Tepehuan (PDF). Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and University of Texas at Arlington.  Mason, J. Alden (1916). "Tepecano, A Piman language of western Mexico". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 25: 309–416. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1916.tb55171.x.  Miller, Wick R. (1996). La lengua guarijio: gramatica, vocabulario y textos. Mexico
City: Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas, UNAM.  Bascom, Burton W. (1982). "Northern Tepehuan". In Ronald W. Langacker. Studies in Uto-Aztecan Grammar, Volume 3, Uto-Aztecan Grammatical Sketches. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington. pp. 267–393.  Lionnet, Andrés (1978). El idioma tubar y los tubares. Segun documentos ineditos de C. S. Lumholtz y C. V. Hartman. Mexico, D. F:: Universidad Iberoamericana.  Casad, Eugene H. (1984). "Cora". In Ronald W. Langacker. Studies in Uto-Aztecan grammar 4: Southern Uto-Aztecan grammatical sketches. Summer Institute of Linguistics Publications in Linguistics 56. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington. pp. 153–149.  Iturrioz Leza, José Luis; Ramírez de la Cruz, Julio (2001). Gramática Didáctica del Huichol: Vol. I. Estructura Fonológica y Sistema de Escritura. Departamento de Estudios en Lenguas Indígenas–Universidad de Guadalajara – Secretaria de Educación Pública.  Dedrick, John; Casad, Eugene H. (1999). Sonora
Yaqui Language Structures. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona
Press. ISBN 9780816519811.  Freeze, Ray A. (1989). Mayo de Los Capomos, Sinaloa. Archivo de Lenguas Indígenas del Estado de Oaxaca, 14. 14. 166. México, D.F.: Instituto de Investigación e Integración Social del Estado de Oaxaca.  Lionnet, Andrés (1986). Un idioma extinto de sonora: El eudeve. México: UNAM. ISBN 968-837-915-8.  Estrada-Fernández, Zarina (1998). Pima bajo de Yepachi, Chihuahua. Archivo de Lenguas Indigenas de Mexico. Colegio de México.  Munro, Pamela; Gabrielino/Tongva Language Committee (2008). Yaara' Shiraaw'ax 'Eyooshiraaw'a. Now You're Speaking Our Language: Gabrielino/Tongva/Fernandeño. Lulu.com.  Launey, Michel (1986). Categories et operations dans la grammaire Nahuatl. Ph. D. dissertation, Paris IV.  Langacker, Ronald W. (ed.) (1979). Studies in Uto-Aztecan Grammar 2: Modern Aztec
Grammatical Sketches. Summer Institute of Linguistics Publications in Linguistics, 56. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington. ISBN 0-88312-072-0. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Shaul, D. L. (2001). The Opatan Languages, Plus Jova. Festschrift. INAH. 

External links[edit]

Uto-Aztecan.org, a website devoted to the comparative study of the Uto-Aztecan language family Swadesh vocabulary lists for Uto- Aztecan languages
Aztecan languages
(from Wiktionary's Swadesh-list appendix)

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Uto-Aztecan languages



Colorado River (Chemehuevi, Southern Paiute, Ute) Comanche Kawaiisu Mono Northern Paiute (including Bannock) Shoshoni (including Gosiute) Timbisha


Cahuilla Cupeño Kitanemuk Luiseño-Juaneño Serrano Tongva


Hopi Tübatulabal



Northern Tepehuan O'odham Pima Bajo Southern Tepehuan Tepecano


Downriver Guarijio Tarahumara Tubar Upriver Guarijio


Eudeve Opata


Yaqui Mayo


Cora Huichol


Nahuatl Pipil Pochutec

Italics indicate extinct languages

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List of primary language families


Afro-Asiatic Austronesian Khoe Kx'a Niger–Congo Nilo-Saharan? Tuu Mande? Songhay? Ijaw? Ubangian? Kadu?


Bangime Hadza Jalaa Sandawe Kwadi? Laal? Shabo?

Sign languages

Arab BANZSL French Lasima Tanzanian Others

Europe and Asia

Afro-Asiatic Ainu Austroasiatic Austronesian Chukotko-Kamchatkan Dravidian Eskimo–Aleut Great Andamanese Hmong–Mien Hurro-Urartian Indo-European Japonic Kartvelian Koreanic Mongolic Northeast Caucasian Northwest Caucasian Ongan Sino-Tibetan Tai–Kadai Tungusic Turkic Tyrsenian Uralic Yeniseian Yukaghir Dené–Yeniseian? Altaic? Austronesian–Ongan? Austro-Tai? Sino-Austronesian? Digaro? Kho-Bwa? Siangic? Miji? Vasconic?


Basque Burushaski Elamite Hattic Kusunda Nihali Nivkh Sumerian Hruso? Miju? Puroik?

Sign languages

BANZSL French German Japanese Swedish Chinese Indo-Pakistani Arab Chiangmai–Bangkok Others

New Guinea and the Pacific

Arai–Samaia Arafundi Austronesian Baining Binanderean–Goilalan Border Bulaka River Central Solomons Chimbu–Wahgi Doso–Turumsa East Geelvink Bay East Strickland Eleman Engan Fas Kaure–Kosare Kiwaian Kutubuan Kwomtari Lakes Plain Lower Mamberamo Lower Sepik Madang Mairasi North Bougainville Pauwasi Piawi Ramu Senagi Sentani Sepik Skou South Bougainville Teberan Tor–Kwerba–Nimboran Torricelli Trans-Fly Trans–New Guinea Turama–Kikorian West Papuan Yam Yawa Yuat North Papuan? Northeast New Guinea? Papuan Gulf?


Abinomn Anêm? Ata? Kol Kuot Porome Taiap? Pawaia Porome Sulka? Tambora Wiru

Sign languages

Hawai'i Sign Language Others


Arnhem/Macro-Gunwinyguan Bunuban Darwin River Eastern Daly Eastern Tasmanian Garawan Iwaidjan Jarrakan Mirndi Northern Tasmanian Northeastern Tasmanian Nyulnyulan Pama–Nyungan Southern Daly Tangkic Wagaydyic Western Daly Western Tasmanian Worrorran Yangmanic (Wardaman)


Giimbiyu Malak-Malak Marrgu Tiwi Wagiman

North America

Algic Alsea Caddoan Chimakuan Chinookan Chumashan Comecrudan Coosan Eskimo–Aleut Iroquoian Kalapuyan Keresan Maiduan Muskogean Na-Dene Palaihnihan Plateau Penutian Pomoan Salishan Shastan Siouan Tanoan Tsimshianic Utian Uto-Aztecan Wakashan Wintuan Yokutsan Yukian Yuman–Cochimí Dené–Yeniseian? Hokan? Penutian?


Chimariko Haida Karuk Kutenai Seri Siuslaw Takelma Timucua Waikuri Washo Yana Yuchi Zuni

Sign languages

Inuit (Inuiuuk) Plains Sign Talk Others


Chibchan Jicaquean Lencan Mayan Misumalpan Mixe–Zoque Oto-Manguean Tequistlatecan Totonacan Uto-Aztecan Xincan Totozoquean?


Cuitlatec Huave Tarascan/Purépecha

Sign languages

Plains Sign Talk Mayan Others

South America

Arawakan Arauan Araucanian Arutani–Sape Aymaran Barbacoan Boran Borôroan Cahuapanan Cariban Catacaoan Chapacuran Charruan Chibchan Choco Chonan Guaicuruan Guajiboan Jê/Gê Harákmbut–Katukinan Jirajaran Jivaroan Kariri Katembri–Taruma Mascoian Matacoan Maxakalian Nadahup Nambikwaran Otomákoan Pano-Tacanan Peba–Yaguan Purian Quechuan Piaroa–Saliban Ticuna–Yuri Timotean Tiniguan Tucanoan Tupian Uru–Chipaya Witotoan Yabutian Yanomaman Zamucoan Zaparoan Chimuan? Esmeralda–Yaruro? Hibito–Cholón? Lule–Vilela? Macro-Jê? Tequiraca–Canichana?

Isolates (extant in 2000)

Aikanã? Alacalufan Andoque? Camsá Candoshi Chimane Chiquitano Cofán? Fulniô Guató Hodï/Joti Irantxe? Itonama Karajá Krenak Kunza Leco Maku-Auari of Roraima Movima Mura-Pirahã Nukak? Ofayé Puinave Huaorani/Waorani Trumai Urarina Warao Yamana Yuracaré

See also

Language isolates Unclassified languages Creoles Pidgins Mixed languages Artificial languages List of sign languages

Families with more than 30 languages are in bold. Families in italics have no living members.

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Language families
Language families
of Mesoamerica

Demonstrated families

Chibchan Jicaquean Lencan Mayan Misumalpan Oto-Manguean Tequistlatecan Totozoquean (Mixe–Zoque, Totonacan) Uto-Aztecan Xincan


Cuitlatec Huave Purépecha (Alagüilac?)

Proposed macrofamilies

Hokan Macro-Mayan Macro-Chibchan Penutian Tolatecan

Linguistic areas

Mesoamerican language area

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Indigenous peoples of the Americas


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