Nisenan

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Neeshenam, Nishinam, Pujuni, Southern Maidu, Wapumni
Population

No known L1 speakers. The last speaker died in the 1980s (Golla 2011).

Location

California: central foothills of the Sierras.

Language Status

9 (Dormant). Language of registered tribe: Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians-Shingle Springs Rancheria (Verona Tract), United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria of California.

Dialects

None known. Distinct from other Maidu varieties.

Language Use

Shifted to English [eng].

Language Development
Dictionary. Texts. Language program underway at Shingle Springs, with classroom instruction (Golla 2007).
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