Ivilyuat is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken in the Cahuilla Nation in southern California in the USA. In 2011 there were just six speakers of Ivilyuat, which is also known as Cahuilla or Ivia. Most of the speakers are middle-aged or elderly, and the language is passed on to children in very few families. The language was traditionally spoken in the San Gorgonio Pass, around Banning, in the Coachella Valley near the Salton Sea, and on the western slopes of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains.
The native name for the language is ʔívil̃uʔat or 'Ívillu'at, and the Cahuilla people call themselves ʔívil̃uʔqalet(em).
Efforts are being made to revitalise Ivilyuat, including teaching traditional songs, and workshops in Ivilyuat at the University of California, Riverside.
Acute accents are used to indicate stress.
Information about the Ivilyuat language
Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Northern Paiute, Pipil, Serrano, Shoshone, Southern Paiute, Tarahumara, Tepehuán, Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui
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