|Native to||United States|
|Region||Central Oregon and Washington|
with the death of Fred Yelkes (1885–1958)
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:
The phonology of the Molala language:
/i/ and /a/ can also shift to /ə/.
Molala is a verb-heavy polysynthetic language.
Molala nouns have seven cases: nominative, accusative, genitive, instrumental, locative, allative, and ablative.