(/ˈkɛrəs/), is a group of seven related lects
spoken by Pueblo peoples
in New Mexico
. Each is mutually intelligible with its closest neighbors. There is significant diversity between the Western and Eastern groups.
Keres is a language isolate. Sapir grouped it together with a Hokan-Siouan stock. Swadesh suggested a connection with Wichita. Greenberg grouped Keres with Siouan, Yuchi, Caddoan, and Iroquoian families into a super-stock called Keresiouan. All of these proposals have been rejected by specialists.
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