Guató language

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Guató
Native to Brazil
Region Mato Grosso
Native speakers
4  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gta
Glottolog guat1253[2]
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Guató is a possible language isolate spoken by the about 10% Guató people of Brazil. Kaufman (1990) provisionally classified it as a branch of the Macro-Jê languages, but no evidence for this was found by Eduardo Ribeiro.

Phonology[edit]

The Guato vowel system, like that of Macro-Jê languages, collapses a three-way distinction of height in oral vowels to two in nasal vowels.[3]

Oral Nasal
Front Central Back Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u ĩ ɨ̃ ũ
Mid e o ã
Open ɛ a ɔ
Labial Denti-
alveolar
Post-
alveolar
Velar Labio-
velar
Glottal
Nasal m n
Plosive voiced b d ɡ ɡʷ
voiceless p t k
Fricative f h
Sonorant w ɾ j

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guató at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Guató". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ A. P. Palacios, 1984; A. V. Postigo, 2009
  • Alain Fabre, 2005, Diccionario etnolingüístico y guía bibliográfica de los pueblos indígenas sudamericanos: GUATÓ.[1]