A-Pucikwar language

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Pucikwar
A-Pucikwar
Native to India
Region Andaman Islands
Ethnicity Pucikwar people
Extinct early 20th century
Great Andamanese
  • Central
    • Pucikwar
Language codes
ISO 639-3 apq
Glottolog apuc1241[1]

The Pucikwar language, A-Pucikwar, is an extinct language of the Andaman Islands, India, formerly spoken by the Pucikwar people on the south coast of Middle Andaman, the northeast coast of South Andaman, and on Baratang Island. It belonged to the Great Andamanese family.

As the colonisation and settlement process of the Andaman Islands intensified from the late 19th century and into the 20th century, the indigenous Great Andamanese groups were greatly reduced in number and became alienated from their traditional territories. The few surviving Great Andamanese soon lost the cultural and linguistic distinctions among them that were present at the onset of the 19th century, when at least ten distinct tribal and linguistic groups were recorded. As a language and as a distinct identity, A-Puckiwar and the other groups died out in the early 20th century.

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  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "A-Pucikwar". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.