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Pentlatch language


Pentlatch language

Region Vancouver Island
Extinct 1940s
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ptw
Linguist list
Glottolog pent1242[1]

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. Pentlatch became extinct in the 1940s.


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.[2][3]


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pentlatch". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Reserve/Settlement/Village Detail "Pentledge 2"
  3. ^ BC Names entry "Pentledge 2 (Indian Reserve)"
  1. Pentlatch bibliography from the Yinka Dene Language Institute
  2. "Pentlatch" at
  3. "Pentlatch" at

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