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Southern Pomo

Southern Pomo is a Pomoan language spoken in northern California in the USA. In 2012 there was one fluent speaker of Southern Pomo and one remeberer, and a few other who knew a bit of the language.

The language was documented to some extent in the 1940s, and work was started, though not finished, on a Southern Pomo dictionary.

In 2011 a language restoration program was set up by Dr Neil Alexander Walker for the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. This includes classes, a mobile app, signs and summer camps.

Southern Pomo alphabet and pronunciation

Southern Pomo alphabet and pronunciation

Download a Southern Pomo alphabet chart (PDF, in German)


In the PDF it shows w is pronounced /w/ or /ɰ/ and that w is seldom used and restricted to borrowings. This is not true: w is always pronounced /w/, and is one of the most common phonemes.

Details of Southern Pomo pronunciation supplied by Wolfram Siegel, with corrections by Dr Neil Alexander Walker


Information about Southern Pomo

Pomoan languages

Eastern Pomo, Kashaya, Northern Pomo, Southern Pomo

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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