Obispeño language

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Region Southern Californian coastal areas
Extinct (date missing)
  • Obispeño
Language codes
ISO 639-3 obi
Glottolog obis1242[1]

Obispeño (also known as Northern Chumash) was one of the Chumash Native American languages previously spoken along the coastal areas of Southern California. The primary source of documentation on the language is from the work of linguist J. P. Harrington.[2]


Obispeño is classified as the sole member of the northern branch of the Chumashan language family.

Geographic distribution[edit]

Obispeño was spoken in the region of San Luis Obispo, California.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Obispeno". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ "Obispeño – Survey of California and Other Indian Languages". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 

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