Shoshoni Language (shh)

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Also Known As: Shoshone


Shoshone or Shoshoni (pronounced /ʃoʊˈʃoʊni/) is a Native American language spoken by the Shoshone people. Shoshone speaking Native Americans occupy areas of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. The number of people who speak Shoshone has been steadily dwindling over the last few decades, so there are only a few hundred people who speak the language fluently today, although a few thousand know it to one degree or another. Shoshone is the northernmost member of the large Uto-Aztecan language family, which includes over thirty languages whose speakers originally inhabited a vast territory stretching from the Salmon River in central Idaho down into northern and central Mexico. Shoshone belongs to the Numic subbranch of Uto-Aztecan. The word Numic comes from the cognate word in all Numic languages for "Person". For example, in Shoshone the word is "neme", in Timbisha it is "nümü", and in Southern Paiute the word is "nuwuvi". Shoshone has a typical Numic vowel inventory of five vowels. In addition, there is the common diphthong ai, which varies rather freely with e, although certain morphemes always contain ai and others always contain e.

Shoshone has a typical Numic consonant..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Shoshoni Language Speakers


Main Country: United States
Spoken In:

Regions: Americas

ISO 639-3 Code: shh

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Uto-Aztecan Group

    Northern Uto-Aztecan Group

      Numic Group

        Central Numic Group

          Shoshoni Language