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 a few others 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 included classes, a mobile app, signs and summer camps.

Southern Pomo alphabet and pronunciation

Southern Pomo alphabet and pronunciation

Download Pomo alphabet charts (Excel)


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

Sample video in and about Southern Pomo


Information about Southern Pomo

Pomoan languages

Central Pomo, Eastern Pomo, Kashaya, Northern Pomo, Southeastern Pomo, Southern Pomo

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 23.04.21


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)

If you're looking for home or car insurance in the UK, why not try Policy Expert?