Murui Huitoto language

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Murui Huitoto
Native to Colombia, Peru
Native speakers
8,000  (1995–2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 huu
Glottolog muru1274[2]
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Murui Huitoto - or simply Murui (also known as Bue and Witoto) is an indigenous American Huitoto language of the Witotoan family spoken by 2,900 indigenous people in western South America alongside the Ampiyacu, Putumayo, and Napo rivers.[3]

Approximately 1,000 Peruvians use Murui in both its written and oral forms. The language is accorded official status and is used in schools. It is also used in churches. There are no Murui-an monolinguals in Peru: speakers of the language who do not also use another language.

The language has 1,900 speakers in southwestern Colombia where it has higher social utility and standing.[3]

It was formerly spoken in Brazil, but is now extinct in that country.[3]

When written it uses the Roman Script. A dictionary and grammar rules have been developed.[3]



The orthographic representation is to the left; the IPA to the right.

Note that before i and e, c is written qu.

Bilabial Dental Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive Unvoiced t /t/ c /k/
Voiced b /b/ d /d/ g /ɡ/
Fricative or Affricate Unvoiced f /ɸ/ s /θ/ ch /tʃ/ j /h/
Voiced v /β/ ll /ʝ/
Nasal m /m/ n /n/ ñ /ɲ/
Trill r /r/


Orthography IPA
a /a/
e /e/
i /i/
o /ɒ/
u /u/
ɨ /ɯ/


  1. ^ Murui Huitoto at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Murui Huitoto". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ethnologue report for language code:huu


Burtch, Shirley, comp. Diccionario Huitoto Murui.