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Hokan

Syllabification: Ho·kan
Pronunciation: /ˈhōkən
 
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Definition of Hokan in English:

adjective

Relating to or denoting a group of American Indian languages of California and western Mexico, considered as a possible language family and including Yuman, Mojave, and several other languages now extinct or nearly so.
Example sentences
  • Tlapanec is the most recent addition, having been tentatively linked with Hokan languages earlier.
  • The Hokan languages include families of languages in Mexico and in the western part of the United States, especially in California.
  • The Hokan language, a dialect of which is spoken by the Washo people, is apparently of great antiquity - it belongs to what is very likely the oldest of California languages.

noun

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The hypothetical Hokan language family.
Example sentences
  • Although some Hokan families may indeed be related, especially in northern California, few linguists today expect Hokan as a whole to prove to be valid, and the term is often used as a convenient label to simplify one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.

Origin

from Hokan hok 'about two' + -an.

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