The traditional Purisimeño language area is along the Pacific coast around modern-day Lompoc. During the mission period, it was spoken at Mission La Purísima Concepción. Purisimeño is attested solely in some wordlists and miscellaneous materials. Based on archaeological evidence and the testimony of early observers, it has been estimated that speakers of all Chumashan languages together numbered between 10,700 and 17,250 in pre-contact times (King 1969). In the 21st century, there are no first-language speakers of any Chumashan language.
Selected archival materials at Berkeley
Selected materials in other archives
- Greenwood, Roberta S. 1978. In Heizer, Robert F. (ed) California, 520-523. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
- Heizer R. F., ed. 1952. California Indian linguistic records: The Mission Indian vocabularies of Alphonse Pinart. University of California Anthropological Records 15:1-84. [PDF]
- Heizer, R.F., ed. 1955. California Indian linguistic records: The Mission Indian vocabularies of H. W. Henshaw. University of California Anthropological Records 15:85-202. [PDF]
- Henry, Timothy. 2015. Purisimeño-English Lexicon. Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation, vii-22. [PDF]
- Klar, Kathryn A. 1977. Topics in historical Chumash grammar. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Berkeley. [PDF]
- Kroeber, A.L. 1910. The Chumash and Costanoan languages. University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 9,2:237-271. [PDF]