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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Wintu Words

Welcome to our Wintu vocabulary page! Wintu, also known as Wintun, is an indigenous language of California. Some linguists consider it a relative of the Penutian language family, related to other languages like Chinook and Maidu. We have included twenty basic Wintu words here, enough to provide a simple comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

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Wintu Word Sets

English (Français) Nomlaki Patwin Wintu
One (Un) K'etem Eteta K'ete·t
Two (Deux) Palet Pampata Pa·l
Three (Trois) Panoł Ponohlta Panuł
Four (Quatre) Tławi Emusta Ł'awit
Five (Cinq) Čansem Etesemta Č'ansem
Man (Homme) Win Wita Wi·ta
Woman (Femme) Daki Paakita P'o·qta
Dog (Chien) Sukut Haiyu Suku
Sun (Soleil) Tuku Wiliwerus Sas
Moon (Lune) Čenał Sanar Čipisas
Water (Eau) Mem Mem Me·m
Sing (Chanter)     C'a·wa

Click here to see Wintu vocabulary words compared to words in related Penutian languages: Penutian Indian Words

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