The Tataviam language was traditionally spoken on the upper Santa Clara River into the Sawmill and Tehachapi Mountains. Today, there are no first-language speakers (Golla 2011).
Tatativam (also called "Alliklik") is a member of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It is related to Cahuilla, Cupeño, Gabrielino, Juaneno, Kitanemuk, Luiseño, and Serrano. The other Uto-Aztecan languages of California are Tubatulabal and the Numic languages (Chemehuevi-Southern Paiute-Ute, Comanche, Kawaiisu, Mono, Northern Paiute, Panamint, and Shoshone).
Selected archival materials at Berkeley
- Golla, Victor. 2011. California Indian languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.