Yuki, Pomoan, Wintun, and Athabaskan

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Northern California is an area of profound linguistic diversity and is home to more than twenty language families. Round Valley, located within Mendocino County, is the home territory of the Yuki people and the site of extended language contact between speakers of Yuki and the languages of the Pomoan, Wintun, and Athabaskan language families. In the nineteenth century, speakers of languages from other language families came into contact with the communities of Round Valley due to forced relocation. This article explores the history and effects of contact between the language groups that had long-standing and also more recent contact with Yuki speakers. Special attention is given to the contributions by Mithun regarding borrowing among the Yukian and Pomoan languages.


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