Piro Pueblo language

Not to be confused with Piro languages or Piro language (Peru).
Native to United States
Region New Mexico
Ethnicity Piro
Extinct by 1900[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pie
Linguist list
Glottolog piro1248[2]

Piro is a poorly attested, extinct Tanoan language once spoken in the more than twenty Piro Pueblos near Socorro, New Mexico.[3] It has generally been classified as one of the Tiwa languages,[4] though Leap (1971) contested that Piro is a Tanoan language at all.[5]


  1. Piro at MultiTree on the Linguist List
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Piro". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Harrington, John P. (1909) "Notes on the Piro Language" American Anthropologist New Series, 11(4):563–594
  4. Newman, Stanley (1954) "American Indian Linguistics in the Southwest" American Anthropologist New Series, 56(4): pp. 626-634, 631
  5. Leap, William L. (1971) "Who Were the Piro?" Anthropological Linguistics 13: pp. 321-330

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