|Native to||United States (California)|
It was historically spoken by the Karkin people, who lived in the Carquinez Strait region in the northeast portion of the San Francisco Bay estuary. Its only documentation is a single vocabulary obtained by linguist-missionary Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta at Mission Dolores in 1821. Although meager, the records of Karkin show that it constituted a distinct branch of Costanoan, strikingly different from the neighboring Chochenyo Ohlone language and other Ohlone languages spoken farther south. Karkin has probably not been spoken since the 19th century.
All Costanoan languages became extinct, but some are being studied and revived.
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- Golla 2007:73
- Milliken 1995:238
- Milliken 2008:6
- Beeler 1961
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