Central Pomo language
|Native to||United States|
|Native speakers||8 (date missing)|
The seven Pomoan languages with an indication of their pre-contact distribution within California
Central Pomo is one of the seven Pomoan languages spoken in Northern California. It is currently an endangered language, with fewer than 10 speakers. Pre-contact speakers of all the Pomoan languages have been estimated at 8,000 altogether.
"The Central Pomo language was traditionally spoken from the Russian River southwest of Clear Lake to the Pacific coast. There were settlements along the Russian River (in the southern Ukiah Valley, in Hopland Valley, and further south near the Sonoma County line), in the coastal region (at Manchester, Point Arena, and at the mouth of the Gualala River), and in the region between the two (around Yorkville and in Anderson Valley)."
It has a consonant inventory that is identical to the related Southern Pomo language with the following exceptions:
Central Pomo distinguishes velar /k/, /kʰ/, /kʼ/ from uvular /q/, /qʰ/, /qʼ/. It lacks a non-ejective alveolar affricate (i.e., it does not have /ts/ as a phoneme), and does not have length, in the form of geminate root consonants, as found in Southern Pomo.
- Hinton, Leanne (1996). Flutes of Fire. Berkeley: Heyday Books. p. 32. ISBN 0-930588-62-2.
- "Central Pomo". Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- "What matters to Lori Laiwa? Reviving her tribal language.". UC Davis: Discover What Matters. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- Central Pomo language overview at the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages
- OLAC resources in and about the Central Pomo language
- "Central Pomo". California Language Archive. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
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