Definition of Tanoan in English:

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Tanoan

Pronunciation: /təˈnəʊən/

noun

[mass noun]
A small language family comprising a number of Pueblo Indian languages.
Example sentences
  • This is amply evidenced by both North American languages (such as Sierra Miwok and Tanoan) and Papuan New Guinean languages (such as Kewa and Yimas).
  • The other Texas tribe that probably spoke Tiwa or a form of Tanoan are the Jumano.
  • The Zuñi language may be connected with Tanoan, falling within the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock.

adjective

Relating to the Tanoan language family.
Example sentences
  • All other Pueblo languages are classified within the Aztec-Tanoan Phylum: within the Kiowa-Tanoan family are three Tanoan languages, Tiwa, Tewa, and Towa; the Hopi language is an isolate within the Uto-Aztecan family; and Keresan is an unclassified language isolate not yet assigned to any family within the phylum.
  • He was of the belief that the Tanoan family is a remote branch of the Shoshonean, but thus far the relationship has not been definitively shown.
  • Their name for themselves is ‘Tuei’ and they speak southern Tiwa, a Tanoan language.

Origin

From Spanish Tano + -an.

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