Assiniboine (known to its own speakers as Nakota or Nakoda) is a Siouan language of the Northern Plains. It is an agglutinative language with SOV word order. A second language, Stoney, is also known as Nakoda and is closely related to Assiniboine, but people speaking the languages cannot understand each other well, so despite their similarities, most linguists consider them separate languages, like French and Spanish. Assiniboine is spoken today by about 200 people in Montana, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.