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Betoi (Betoy) or Betoi-Jirara is an extinct language of Venezuela, south of the Apure River near the modern border with Colombia. The names Betoi and Jirara are those of two of its peoples/dialects; the language proper has no known name. At contact, Betoi was a local lingua franca spoken between the Uribante and Sarare rivers and along the Arauca. Enough was recorded for a brief grammatical monograph to be written (Zamponi 2003).
Betoi is generally seen as an isolate, though Kaufman (2007) included it in Macro-Paesan.
- Fabre, Alain (2005). Diccionario etnolingüístico y guía bibliográfica de los pueblos indígenas sudamericanos: BETOI (PDF).
- Zamponi, Raoul (2003). Betoi. 428. Languages of the World/Materials. Lincom. p. 66. ISBN 3-89586-757-8.
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