Timbisha

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Coso, Koso, Koso Shoshone, Panamint, Panamint Shoshone, Tümpisa Shoshoni
Population

20 (Golla 2007). No speakers who did not also learn English [eng] as children (Golla 2007). 0 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 100 (1998 J. McLaughlin).

Location

Southeast California, Owens Lake, Coso Range, southern Owens Valley area, southwest of Darwin; southern Eureka Valley, Little Lake area; Nevada southwest of Lida, Saline valley; eastern slopes of Inyo mountains, Argus range south of Darwin, northern Panamint valley; Panamint mountains; north and central Death Valley; Grapevine mountains; Funeral Range on California-Nevada border; west and southwest of Beatty, Nevada, Amargosa Desert, and Beatty area.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Shoshoni [shh] and Comanche [com] but not inherently intelligible with them.

Language Use

Only used among the oldest with each other. They lament the shift to English [eng] by youth. Younger speakers attempting to revive interest in Timbisha among the younger generations, but with little success (Golla 2007). Older adults. English [eng] used in nearly all situations.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 90%. Dictionary. Grammar.