Definition of Hokan in English:

Hokan

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəʊkan
 
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adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a group of American Indian languages of California and western Mexico, considered as a possible language family. They include Yuman, Mojave, and several other languages now extinct or almost so.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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