wmd – Mamaindé proper
ltn – Latundê
lkd – Lakondê
xtw – Tawandê
xyl – Yalakalore
apv – Alapmunte
Mamaindê, also known as Northern Nambikwara, is a Nambikwaran language spoken in the Mato Grosso state of Brazil, in the very north of the indigenous reserve, Terra Indígena Vale do Guaporé, between the Pardo and Cabixi Rivers. In the southern part of the reserve, speakers of Sabanê and Southern Nambikwara are found.
Among the Nambikwaran languages, at least Northern (Mamainde), Southern (Nambikwara), and Sabane are mutually unintelligible. Mamainde, however, is a dialect cluster, and its varieties are sometimes considered distinct languages. The following distinctions are made by Eberhard (2009). Population figures are those of Ethnologue 16, dated 2007:
- Mamaindê proper (including Nagarotê, 330 speakers)
- Latundê (20)
- Lakondê (1)
- Tawaindê (or Da’wan’du; unattested and speakers unknown)
- Yalakalore (extinct and unattested)
- Yalapmunde (Alapmunte; extinct and unattested)
Yelelihre is another unattested Nambikwaran variety.
The following description is based on Mamaindê proper.
Each of the vowels have a nasalized counterpart.