Northern Paiute (Numu / Paviotso)

Northern Paiute is member of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It is spoken in parts of Nevada, California, Oregon and Idaho in the USA by about 700 people. It is closely related to Mono, and is also known as Numu or Paviosto.

Since 2005 Northern Paiute has been taught in schools on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon as a result of a partnership with the Northwest Indian Language Institute of the University of Oregon. The language has also been taught at high school in Nevada since 2013.

A written form of Northern Paiute was developed by Ralph Burns from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in Nevada and Cathrine Fowler, a linguist at the University of Nevada, Reno. They also produced learning materials for Northern Paiute.

Northern Paiute alphabet and pronunciation

Northern Paiute alphabet and pronuciation

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Information about Northern Paiute pronunciation complied by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Yabano numme suugganna a nakabodo manaykase. Sooome suuggabodonna yise opeddoonna. Yise tamme opewunuputoohoo. Saa'a oka mamaggwuhoose yise mumme opomadabboo'e.


In the autumn, we gather willows, after they're done losing their leaves. And then, we go around collecting willows, and then clean the bark off them. Then, we make willow string. Later, after we finish that, we make round baskets.


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Information about the Northern Paiute language

Uto-Aztecan languages

Comanche, Cora, Hopi, Huarijio, Huichol, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Kawaiisu, Luiseño, Mayo, Mono, O'odham, Nahuatl, Nawat (Pipil), Northern Paiute, Serrano, Shoshone, Southern Paiute, Tarahumara, Tepehuán (Northern), Tepehuán (Southeastern), Tepehuán (Southwestern), Timbisha, Tongva, Yaqui

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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