Obispeño language

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Native toUnited States
RegionSouthern Californian coastal areas
Extinct1917, with the death of Rosario Cooper
  • Obispeño
Language codes
ISO 639-3obi

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. ^ "Rosario Cooper". Northern Chumash Tribe.
  2. ^ "Obispeño – Survey of California and Other Indian Languages". Retrieved 3 June 2010.

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