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Achumawi language is a Palaihnihan family branch of the Hokan language family. The Palaihnihan language family consists of only two languages, the Achumawi and Atsugewi (Shipley 86). Although the Achumawi and Atsugewi spoke similar languages they were not mutually intelligible, and according to Angulo in The Achomawi Language, all meetings between the two tribes were conducted in Achumawi as many Atsugewi also spoke Achumawi (78). The various Achumawi triblets spoke the same language, although it appeared that there were some slight dialectic differences between the groups (Olmstead and Stewart 230).


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