Walla Walla is a Penutian language of the Western Plateau. It is spoken natively by
only a handful of elders there, but some younger people are working to keep their ancestral language alive. Some linguists consider Walla Walla to
be one dialect of a single Sahaptin language, and others consider it to be
one of three or four distinct Sahaptin languages. Walla Walla speakers have some difficulty understanding
Yakama or Umatilla
speakers, but they are similar enough that speakers can usually all communicate relatively well.