The United States technically doesn’t have an official language at the federal level, but the whole world knows that English is, by a huge margin, the dominant language in the country. While English is generally used in most facets of public life in the US, other languages abound, spoken vigorously by immigrants to the North American country. But it’s not just immigrant languages you’ll find spoken across the US—many of the indigenous languages that populated the land before Europeans ever set foot on the continent are still spoken today. Today, we’re diving into one of them: Colorado River Numic.
Colorado River Numic goes by several names—you may also hear it called Ute, Southern Paiute, Ute–Southern Paiute, or Ute-Chemehuevi. Roughly 920 people speak it as their native language, but this figure is decreasing, as more and more of the ethnic population switches to monolingual English. The language is actively undergoing revitalization, but as for now, it’s hard to find translation services for Colorado River Numic. That’s where we at TranslationServices.com come in: we’ve just launched our own Colorado River Numic translation team.
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Learning more about the language of the Colorado River
Colorado River Numic’s name already reveals its name—it’s native to the area around the Colorado River, of course. Speakers of the language can be found as far west as southeastern California and as far east as central Colorado, following the path of the Colorado River. Communities of Colorado River Numic speakers exist in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and California, divided into a few key dialects: Ute, Southern Paiute, and Chemehuevi. Southern Paiute features several dialects (namely, Moapa, Cedar City, Kaibab, and San Juan), as does Ute (Central Utah, Northern Ute, White Mesa, and Southern Ute).
Despite the distance, Colorado River Numic is related to the biggest indigenous language in Mexico: Nahuatl. Both are members of the Uto–Aztecan language family, albeit on opposite ends. Colorado River Numic is classified as an agglutinative language, meaning it glues together strings of morphemes to express grammatical meaning, resulting in a high degree of inflection. This can make it difficult for an English speaker to grasp—and even more difficult to translate—which is why it’s important to work with skilled native-speaking translators like us.
Colorado River Numic translation services than anyone can benefit from
Whether you live in along the Colorado River or anywhere else in the world, if you need Colorado River Numic translation services, we invite you to work with our passionate, native-speaking translators. While there aren’t a lot of translators in such a small speaking community, our team members make up for the small size with their enormous enthusiasm, representing the three major dialects of Colorado River Numic: Ute, Southern Paiute, and Chemehuevi. We work with clients both translating into Colorado River Numic and from the language—it’s whatever you want!
To the degree possible, we’ve sought out Colorado River Numic translators who have experience translating different types of projects—including academic, corporate, and literary works. That means we can help researchers and educators in their quest to connect with locals or further education in the language, as well as organizations who wish to forge deeper ties with Colorado River Numic speakers. Our translators are also here for anyone who wants to spread the joy of literary works, whether that means translating a native Ute-language tale to promote the native culture to outsiders or translating a modern book into Southern Paiute to foster language revitalization efforts. We’re flexible, so whatever your Colorado River Numic translation project is, just ask!
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