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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.
Esselen language samples and resources.
Esselen Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Esselen Indians past and present.
Introduction to the mythology of the Esselens.
Our Esselen Language Materials
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.
Glossary of Esselen words from the tribal website.
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.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles about the Esselen language.
Information on the Esselen language in Spanish.
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