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Washo (wá:šiw ʔítlu)

Washo is a language isolate spoken in northern California on the border with Nevada, along the Truckee and Carson Rivers and around Lake Tahoe. In 2008 there were 20 elderly native speakers of Washo, which is also known as Washoe.

A Washo immersion school was started in 1994. This has since closed, but language programmes are now run by the Cultural Resource Department for the Washoe Tribe.

Washo alphabet and pronunciation

Washo alphabet and pronunciation

An acute accent (á) is used to mark stress.

Download an alphabet chart for Washo (Excel)

Sample video in Washo

Links

Information about Washo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washo_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_washo
http://www.native-languages.org/washo.htm
http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~survey/languages/washo.php
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/was

Language isolates

Adaizan, Ainu, Basque, Burushaski, Candoshi-Shapra, Chitimacha, Eskayan, Haida, Karuk, Kuot, Mapuche, Natchez, Nivkh, Páez, Purepecha, Seri, Sumerian, Ticuna, Tiwi, Tunica, Urarina, Wardaman, Washo, Yuchi/Euchee

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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