New River Shasta language

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New River Shasta
Native to United States
Region Salmon River, northern California
Ethnicity Shasta
Extinct (date missing)
Hokan ?
  • Shasta–Palaihnihan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog newr1237[1]

New River Shasta is an extinct Shastan language formerly spoken in northern California. It may have had only 300 speakers before contact, and they soon went extinct; the language is attested in only a few short wordlists.[2] Kroeber regarded them as possibly "nearest to the major group in speech, although [...] their tongue as a whole must have been unintelligible to the Shasta proper."


  • Mithun, Marianne (1999), The Languages of Native North America, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "New River Shasta". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Kroeber (1925)

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