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Shoshoni (Shoshone) Indian Language

Shoshone is a Uto-Aztecan language of the Western Plateau. Like Cree and Ojibway, Shoshone is spoken across such a broad geographical region that it forms a 'dialect chain'--speakers of one Shoshone dialect can always understand the dialects of their neighbors, but not necessarily a more distant dialect. Panamint Shoshone, or Koso, is considered a separate language by most linguists, because other Shoshone speakers cannot easily understand it. Taken together there are more than a thousand speakers of Shoshone dialects, which are still being learned by children today.





Shoshone Indian Language
Shoshone language samples and resources.

Shoshone Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Shoshone Indians past and present.

Shoshone Indians Fact Sheet
Our answers to common questions about the Shoshones.

Shoshone Indian Legends
Introduction to Shoshone mythology.



Shoshone Language Resources

Our Online Shoshone Language Materials

Shoshoni Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Shoshoni language, with comparison to words in other Uto-Aztecan languages.
Shoshone Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Shoshone words.
Shoshone Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Shoshone language.
Shoshone Body Parts:
     Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Shoshone language.
Shoshone Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Shoshone language.
Shoshone Numbers:
     Worksheet showing how to count in the Shoshone language.

Shoshone Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

An Introduction to the Shoshoni Language:
     Shoshoni book and audiotape lessons for sale.
Indian Dictionaries:
    Shoshone and other Native American dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Shoshone Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Shoshoni Language Homepage:
     Shoshone vocabulary, grammar, and news.
Shoshone Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Shoshone language, with a sample text.
Language Museum: Shoshoni:
    A story about sagebrush in the Shoshoni Indian language.
Ethnologue: Shoshoni:
    Demographic information about the Shoshone language.
Shoshone Language Tree:
    Theories about Shoshoni's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Shoshone Language Structures:
    Shoshone linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Shoshone Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Shoshone Indian language.
Lengua Shoshone:
Information about the Shoshone language in Spanish.
Shoshoni Indians * Shoshones: * Shoshoni Tribe:
Shoshone links.
Shoshone Tribe:
Shoshone Indian books.



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