Definition of Uto-Aztecan in English:

Uto-Aztecan

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Pronunciation: /ˌjuːtəʊˈaztɛk(ə)n
 
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adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a language family of Central America and western North America including Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecs), Shoshone, and Paiute.
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    • The three main Paiute groups spoke mutually unintelligible languages of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family.
    • As a result, they have been lumped together under a classification the Spaniards referred to as Cahita, which is closely linked to the Uto-Aztecan language.
    • The Uto-Aztecan language Huichol, for example, deploys different sets of switch-reference markers to encode different tenses.

noun

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  • The Uto-Aztecan language family.
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    • Uto-Aztecan is one of the largest language families of North and Central America in terms of population, linguistic diversity and geographic distribution.
    • The party exchanges gifts with the local inhabitants, who speak Uto-Aztecan, and leaves the next morning.
    • Most Hopi speak Uto-Aztecan.

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