Silver Lake Library Presents- Tongva: The Original Language of Los Angeles
November 16, 2017 –
Join us in honoring Native American Heritage Month by learning about the language of the Los Angeles based Tongva tribe. Tongva (also called Gabrielino), the original language of the Los Angeles Basin, belongs to the the Uto-Aztecan family of American Indian languages, spoken from the Northwest to central Mexico. As far as we know, there have been no native speakers of the language for over 60 years, but thanks to written records by a number of scholars and others we know a great deal about pronouncing and forming Tongva words and sentences. In this presentation you'll learn about Tongva and will see how the language has influenced Southern California placenames. We'll also see how to count in Tongva, and maybe do the Tongva Hokey-Pokey.
Pamela Munro received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, and is a Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at UCLA. Her publications include dictionaries and grammars of Cahuilla, Chickasaw, Garifuna, Kawaiisu, Mohave, Wolof, Zapotec, and UCLA student slang. She continues documentation and descriptive work on several of these languages, and is currently working on the Chickaasaw, Gabrielino/Tongva/Fernandeño, Garifuna, and Quichua languages.