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Pasto language

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Pasto language

Native to Colombia, Ecuador
Extinct (date missing)
  • Awan
    • Pasto–Muellama
      • Pasto
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bpb (as Barbacoas, which may not be the same language)
Linguist list
bpb (as Pasto)
Glottolog past1243[1]

Pasto is a Barbacoan language that was spoken by indigenous people of Pasto, Colombia and Carchi Province, Ecuador. It is now extinct.

ISO issue

The ISO name of the ISO code [bpb] is Barbacoas, the name of an extinct people who gave there name to the Barbacoan language family of which Pasto is a member, as well as to the Colombian town of Barbacoas. However, nothing is known of their language, one of several also known as Colima (Loukotka 1968:247), and it can only be assumed to be part of the Barbacoan family (Campbell & Grondona 2012:78). Such unattested, long-extinct languages are not normally assigned ISO codes. MultiTree conflates Barbacoas with neighboring Pasto, which is well-enough attested for classification and assignment of an ISO code. This does not however mean that ISO code [bpb] can be properly used for the Pasto language.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pasto". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
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