Tohono O'odham

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The article presents an overview of Tohono O'odham (formerly known as Papago), a Uto-Aztecan language, examining phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Tohono O'odham has been documented throughout the 20th century. Several dialects and speech styles are recognized. The sound inventory is relatively simple and contains some phonetic features not present in English. Tohono O'odham is a nonconfigurational language. A nominal classification exists between alienable and inalienable nouns, along with possessive noun phrases. The Tohono O'odham Nation uses an official writing system developed in 1970s.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780080448541
StatePublished - 2006


  • Alienable
  • Dialects
  • Distributive
  • Extra-short vowel
  • Free word order
  • Indigenous
  • Loan words
  • Nonconfigurational
  • O'odham
  • Orthography
  • Papago
  • Reduplication
  • Truncation
  • Uto-Aztecan
  • Variations


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