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Tongva is an Uto-Aztecan language which was spoken in Southern California, around Los Angeles (Yaanga) and on Santa Catalina Island. The last native speakers are thought to have died in about 1900. However, there are unverified reports of speakers surviving until the 1970s. Tongva is also known as Gabrieleño.

Tongva was extensively documented by John Peabody Harrington (1884-1961), a linguist and ethnologist who specialised in the native languages of California. His work on Tongva was not published, but was collected by the Smithsonian Museum's Bureau of American Ethnology.

Since 2012 efforts have been made by the Tongva tribal council to revive the language. They have set up classes, and the Gabrielino-Tongva Language Committee has created Tongva grammar lessons and songs, and a Tongva Facebook page.

Tongva alphabet and pronunciation

Tongva alphabet and pronunciation

Download Tongva alphabet charts in PDF or Excel

Details of the Tongva alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample Tongva expressions

Mopuushtenpo xaa mochoova!
May your strength be with you!

Yaraarkomokre'e
I remember you

Totaara'e piik
He is throwing the rock

Paararne xaa
I'm thirsty

'Aweeshkone xaa, 'ekwaa'a xaa!
I'm happy you're here!

Heniike'am mohiin tameevngey?
How old are you?

... nehiin tameevngey
I'm ... years old

Tomii'aa!
Be quiet!

Sample video in and about Tongva

Information about Tongva | Numbers

Links

Information about the Tongva language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongva_language
https://www.facebook.com/TongvaLanguage/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Peabody_Harrington

Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Northern Paiute, Pipil, Serrano, Shoshone, Tarahumara, Tepehuán, Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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