Chukchansi is a member of the Valley Yokuts branch of the Yok-Utian language family. It is spoken in and near the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians in San Joaquin Valley in central California in the USA. In 2011 there were just eight native speakers.

In the 1950s recordings of Chukchansi were made by Sydney Lamb, a linguist from Rice University in Huston, Texas. Since 2008 the language has been taught in a elementary school in Coarsegold in California. Classes for adults have been available since 2012. In 2012 the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians provided Fresno State University with a $1 million grant to produce a Chukchansi dictionary and other learning materials, and to provide for scholarships, classes and other efforts to revitalise the language.

Chukchansi alphabet and pronunciation

Chukchansi alphabet and pronunciation

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Yok-Utian languages

Chukchansi, Mutsun, Rumsen, Wukchumni

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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