Southern Tiwa language
|Native to||United States|
|1,600, mostly older adults (2007)|
Southern Tiwa belongs to the Tiwa sub-grouping of the Kiowa–Tanoan language family. It is closely related to the more northernly Picurís (spoken at Picuris Pueblo) and Taos (spoken at Taos Pueblo). Trager stated that Southern Tiwa speakers were able to understand Taos and Picurís, although Taos and Picurís speakers could not understand Southern Tiwa very easily. Harrington (1910) observed that an Isleta person (Southern Tiwa) communicated in "Mexican jargon" with Taos speakers as Taos and Southern Tiwa were not mutually intelligible.
- Ysleta del Sur (Tigua)
Trager reported that Sandía and Isleta were very similar and mutually intelligible.
In August 2015, it was announced that the Tiwa language would be taught to children at Isleta Elementary School in Pueblo of Isleta, as a part of the school's transfer from federal to tribal control.
Southern Tiwa has 26 consonants:
Consonants Bilabial Dental Lateral Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal plain lab. Plosive voiced b d ɡ voiceless p t k kʷ ʔ aspirated pʰ tʰ kʰ glottalized pʼ tʼ kʼ kʷʼ Affricate voiceless tʃ glottalized tʃʼ Fricative f ɬ s ʃ h hʷ Trill r Nasal m n Approximant w l j
Southern Tiwa has six vowels that have both an oral and nasal contrast.
Southern Tiwa has three tones: high, mid, and low.
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