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Esselen Indian Language

Esselen is an extinct language of California, considered by some linguists to be part of the Hokan family of languages. The Esselen people were forced onto missions with speakers of different languages in the 1700's, and their language has not been spoken for more than a century.

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Esselen Language
Esselen language samples and resources.

Esselen Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Esselen Indians past and present.

Esselen Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Esselens.

Esselen Language Resources

Our Esselen Language Materials

Esselen Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Esselen language, with comparison to words in other Hokan languages.

Esselen Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Languages of the Coast of California
     Language map showing the distribution of Costanoan, Salinan, Esselen, and other western California languages.
Esselen Language: * Esselen Description: * Esselen Language Map * Esselen Grammar * Esselen Phonology * Esselen Vocabulary:
    Scanned-in Esselen language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Esselen Dictionary
     Glossary of Esselen words from the tribal website.
Esselen Language
     Demographic information about Esselen from the Ethnologue of Languages.
*Survey of California Indian Languages: Esselen:
    Profile of the Esselen language from the University of California at Berkeley.
Esselen Language Tree:
    Theories about Esselen's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Esselen Language Structures:
    Esselen linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Esselen:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Esselen language.
  Lengua Esselen:
  Information on the Esselen language in Spanish.
  Esselen links.

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