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Pericú is spoken to the south and east of Guaycura
Pericú is the extinct language and essentially unattested language of the southern tip of Baja California. Jesuit missionaries recognized it as distinct from Waikuri (Guaycura) immediately to the north. It was spoken in the mountainous area around the mission of San José del Cabo, on the southeastern coast from Santiago to La Paz, and on the islands off the east coast as far north as Isla San José.
Data is extremely limited, amounting to only four words and ten place names.
Massey (1949) suggested a connection with Waikuri. However, with the benefit of several decades of subsequent research, Laylander (1997) and Zamponi (2004) conclude that the languages were unrelated. The people were racially distinct from the Waikuri and other native Americans, which would be consistent with their language being a language isolate.
- Aiñiní: the location of the Mission Santiago de los Coras
- Anicá: a Pericú settlement
- Añuití: the location of the Mission San José del Cabo (near San José del Cabo)
- Caduaño: a location in the modern city of Los Cabos; means 'green arroyo
- Cunimniici: a mountain range
- Marinó: the Santa Ana Mountains
- Purum: a group of mountains and a Pericú settlement
- Yeneca: a Pericú settlement
- Yenecamú: Cabo San Lucas
- Golla, Victor. 2011. California Indian Languages.
- Laylander, Don. 1997. "The linguistic prehistory of Baja California". In Contributions to the Linguistic Prehistory of Central and Baja California, edited by Gary S. Breschini and Trudy Haversat, pp. 1–94. Coyote Press, Salinas, California.
- Massey, William C. 1949. "Tribes and languages of Baja California". Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 5:272-307.
- Zamponi, Raoul. 2004. "Fragments of Waikuri (Baja California)". Anthropological Linguistics 46:156-193.
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