Molala language

Native to United States
Region Central Oregon and Washington
Ethnicity Molala people
Extinct 1958[1]
with the death of Fred Yelkes (1885–1958)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mbe
Glottolog mola1238[3]

Molala (Molele, Molalla) is the extinct and poorly attested Plateau Penutian language of the Molala people of Oregon and Washington. It is first attested along the Deschutes River, and later moved to the Molalla and Santiam rivers, and to the headwaters of the Umpqua and Rogue rivers. It was once thought to be close to Cayuse. There were three known dialects:


  1. Molala at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. "Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia, and ... - Google Books". Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Molale". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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