Pasto language

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Native toColombia, Ecuador
Extinct(date missing)
Barbacoan[citation needed]
  • Awan
    • Pasto–Muellama
      • Pasto
Language codes
ISO 639-3bpb (as Barbacoas, which may not be the same language)
bpb (as Pasto)

Pasto is a purported Barbacoan language that was spoken by indigenous people of Pasto, Colombia and Carchi Province, Ecuador. It is now extinct.

ISO issue[edit]

The ISO name of the ISO code [bpb] is Barbacoas, the name of an extinct people who gave their name to the Barbacoan language family of which Pasto is a member, as well as to the Colombian town of Barbacoas. However, nothing is known of their language, one of several also known as Colima (Loukotka 1968: 247), and it can only be assumed to be part of the Barbacoan family (Campbell & Grondona 2012: 78). Such unattested, long-extinct languages are not normally assigned ISO codes. MultiTree conflates Barbacoas with neighboring Pasto, which is well-enough attested for classification and assignment of an ISO code. This does not however mean that ISO code [bpb] can be properly used for the Pasto language.

Glottolog distinguishes unclassifiable [past1243] 'Pasto' from unattested [barb1242] 'Barbacoas'.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pasto". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.