California Indian Tribal Language Families
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“Before white contact, California had more linguistic variety than all of Europe. Today California Indian languages are indeed in the ultimate crisis in a life-and-death struggle,” writes linguist Leanne Hinton. “We may see ninety percent of these languages, or perhaps all of them, disappear in our lifetimes” (Hinton, 1994). Today, in California, there are more people that speak the Navajo/Diné language than speak all California Native Languages combined.