Purisimeño language

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Native toCalifornia, United States
Extinct(date missing)
  • Southern
    • Central
      • Purisimeño
Language codes
ISO 639-3puy

Purisimeño was one of the Chumashan languages traditionally spoken along the coastal areas of Southern California near Lompoc. It was also spoken at the La Purisima Mission.[2]

A vocabulary of "La Purrissima or Kagimuswas (Purismeno Chumash)" was collected by Henry Wetherbee Henshaw in 1884.[3] John P. Harrington also documented the language, and wrote a sketch of the grammar.[4]

Dr. Timothy Henry of the Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation (WIELD) created a dictionary of the language.[5]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Purisimeno". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ "Purisimeño". Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ Henshaw, Henry Wetherbee. "Santa Barbara (Barbareno Chumash) and La Purrissima or Kagimuswas (Purismeno Chumash) vocabularies September 18, 1884". Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  4. ^ "Papers of John P. Harrington, Part 3, Southern California Basin". California Language Archive. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  5. ^ http://wieldoc.org/?page_id=316

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