|Spoken in:||United States|
|Language extinction:||since the death of Sesostrie Youchigant|
|Language family:||Language Isolate|
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The Tunica (or Tonica, or less common form Yuron ) language was a language isolate spoken in what is now Louisiana in the United States by Native American Tunica peoples. A language isolate, in the absolute sense is a Natural language with no demonstrable genealogical (or "genetic" relationship with other living languages that is The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States The Tunica-Biloxi is a tribe of native Americans living in Mississippi and east central Louisiana.
When the last known fluent speaker, Sesostrie Youchigant, died, the language became extinct. Sesostrie Youchigant was the last native speaker of the Tunica language. Linguist Mary Haas worked with Youchigant to describe what he remembered of the language, and the description was published in A Grammar of the Tunica Language in 1941, followed by Tunica Texts in 1950 and Tunica Dictionary in 1953. Mary Rosamund Haas ( January 12 1910 - d May 17 1996) was an American linguist who specialized in North American Indian