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Pima Bajo language

Pima Bajo
Oob No'ok
Native to Mexico
Region Chihuahua, Sonora
Native speakers
650  (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pia
Glottolog pima1248[2]

Pima Bajo (Mountain Pima, Lowland Pima, Nevome) is a Mexican indigenous language of the Piman branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family, spoken by around 1,000 speakers in northern Mexico. The language is called O'ob No'ok by its speakers. The closest related languages are the O'odham (Pima and Papago) and the Tepehuán languages.

There are three major communities in the Oob No'ok region (Yepachic, Maycoba and Yécora) but many of the people live in small outlying hamlets and on isolated family ranches rather than the larger towns.


Estrada-Fernández studied the language, publishing an overview of their grammar, syntax and vocabulary. She identified consistent dialectical differences between communities in the region, especially between villages in Sonora and those in Chihuahua. Pima Bajo is an agglutinative language, where words use suffix complexes for a variety of purposes with several morphemes strung together.[3]


  1. ^ Pima Bajo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pima Bajo". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Estrada-Fernández, Zarina. 1998. Pima bajo de Yepachi, Chihuahua (Archivo de Lenguas Indigenas de Mexico). Colegio de México.

External links

  • SIL on the Tepiman language group
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