Washo is a language spoken by the Washo people, who live in California and Nevada. It is a member of the Hokan language family. Washo has two dialects, Northern and Southern. The Northern dialect is spoken by the people in the Sierra Nevada, while the Southern dialect is spoken in the Great Basin. Washo is an endangered language. In 2007, there were only four fluent speakers of the language. However, there are efforts to revive the language, and as of 2016, there are about 20 speakers. The Washo language is unique in a number of ways. For example, it has a complex system of verb tenses, which allows speakers to communicate very specific information about actions and events. The Washo language is also notable for its use of clicks. Click consonants are produced by closing the mouth and then releasing the air with a sudden burst. These clicks can be combined with other consonants to create a variety of sound effects. The Washo people have a rich cultural heritage. Their traditional way of life includes hunting, gathering, and fishing. The Washo people also have a rich tradition of storytelling. The Washo language is an important part of the Washo people's identity. Efforts to revive the language are important not only for the Washo people, but for all of us who value linguistic diversity.

Language group

Hokan languages

Language locales, regions and scripts

Washo, Latin