Pentlatch language

Last updated
Native to Canada
Region Vancouver Island
Extinct 1940 [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ptw
Glottolog pent1242

The Pentlatch or Puntlatch or Puntledge language is a Salishan language that was spoken on Canada's Vancouver Island in a small area between Comox and Nanaimo, British Columbia. The Pentlatch people formerly numbered at least 3,000 with at least 90 settlements in the area, but were decimated by smallpox and then by conflicts. The language became extinct in the 1940s after the death of the last fluent speaker in 1940. [2]



The name of this people and their language survives on the modern map as that of the Puntledge River, the Comox Valley locality of Puntledge and the name of the Pentledge 2 Indian Reserve, now allocated to the K'ómoks First Nation band government. [3] [4]

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