Culle language

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Native to Peru
Region La Libertad, Cajabamba, Pallasca
Extinct mid-20th century
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog cull1235[1]
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Culle (Cullí, Kulyi), also known as Ilinga (Linga), is a poorly attested extinct language of northern Peru. It is the original language of the regions of La Libertad, Cajabamba, and Pallasca. It is known through various word lists collected while the language was still spoken and through vocabulary loaned into the Spanish spoken in the region.[2]


What little is known of the Culle language consists mostly of vocabulary. A sample list of words is given by Loutkotka; some of these are presented here:[3]

  • ahhi – woman
  • čallua – fish
  • ču – head
  • čukuáll – heart
  • koñ, goñ – water
  • kumú – drink
  • mú – fire
  • múñ – moon
  • urú – tree
  • usú – man


Because it is poorly attested, it has not been possible to definitively classify Culle.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Culli". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Adelaar, William F.H.; Pieter C. Muysken (2004). The Languages of the Andes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 401–405. ISBN 0-521-36275-X. 
  3. ^ Loukotka, Čestmír (1968). Classification of South American Indian Languages. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center. pp. 63–65.