I'd like to create a tag for the indigenous pre-Columbian languages of the Americas and their descendants. I don't quite know what to call it:

Please let me know what you think would maximize correctness and minimize confusion and disrespect.

  • Which ones are we talking about? North? South? Both?
    – Alenanno
    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:25
  • @Alenanno For tagging purposes I don't think that distinction is necessary. It's not really confusing or ambiguous. When we get more than a couple questions in the area maybe we can do that. Aug 30, 2012 at 11:19
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    Don't forget Central! There's seven linguistically diverse countries that are niether North nor South: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Misumalpan is one language family that seems to be entirely within Central America only for instance. Aug 31, 2012 at 14:47
  • The broadest label with its own page on Wikipedia seems to be: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_languages_of_the_Americas Aug 31, 2012 at 14:50
  • @hippietrail Yes, that's why I asked - that label is too long for a tag. Aug 31, 2012 at 15:00
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    @MarkBeadles: I agree. I was going to suggest "mesoamerican languages" but that turned out not to cover South America. Since we're "experts" here I think we don't have to worry too much about "american languages" being taken the wrong way. Aug 31, 2012 at 17:18

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@hippietrail added which works for me.

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