Catawban languages

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Eastern Siouan
central North America
Linguistic classification Siouan
  • Catawban
Linguasphere 64-AB
Glottolog cata1285[1]
Pre-contact distribution of the Catawban languages

The Catawban, or Eastern Siouan, languages form a small language family in east North America. The Catawban family is a branch of the larger Siouan a.k.a. Siouan–Catawban family.

Family division[edit]

The Catawban family consists of two languages:

  1. Catawba (†) - spoken by the Catawba people
  2. Woccon (†) - spoken by the Waccamaw Siouan people

Both are now extinct (†). They were not closely related.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Catawban". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Parks, Douglas R.; & Rankin, Robert L. (2001). The Siouan languages. In R. J. DeMallie (Ed.), Handbook of North American Indians: Plains (Vol. 13, Part 1, pp. 94–114). W. C. Sturtevant (Gen. Ed.). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-050400-7.