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A syntactic sketch of Mono.
The aboriginal population of what is now the State of California exhibited remarkable linguistic diversity. According to one study, seven major language families, accounting for ninety-one different languages, were present in California at the time of the establishment of the first Spanish Missions in 1770. Some of these families touched California only marginally, while others, like the Uto-Aztecan family, had a wide distribution in the state. Uto-Aztecan languages were spoken over the territory encompassing Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, as well as along the eastern margins of Mariposa, Madera, 2 Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.