Sapé language

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Native to Venezuela
Region Paragua and Karuna rivers
Native speakers
5  (2007)[1]
Arutani–Sape ?
  • Sapé
Language codes
ISO 639-3 spc
Glottolog sape1238[2]

Sapé AKA Kaliana is a nearly extinct language spoken along the Paragua and Karuna rivers. In 2008 a few elderly speakers were found. Sape is one of the most poorly attested extant languages in South America, and may be a language isolate. There is, however, no linguistic data on the language.[3][4]


  1. ^ Sapé at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sapé". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Harald Hammarström, 2010, 'The status of the least documented language families in the world'. In Language Documentation & Conservation, v 4, p 183 [1]
  4. ^ Dixon and Aikhenvald, 1999, The Amazonian Languages, p 343.

External links[edit]

  • Alain Fabre, 2005, Diccionario etnolingüístico y guía bibliográfica de los pueblos indígenas sudamericanos: SAPÉ.[2]