Pijao language

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Pijao
Native to Colombia
Region Tolima
Ethnicity Pijao people
Extinct 1950s
unclassified
(Maipurean?)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pij
Glottolog pija1235[1]

Pijao (Piajao) is an unclassified indigenous American language that was spoken in the Magdalena River Valley in Colombia until the 1950s.

A small vocabulary list was collected in 1943; only 30 Pijao words and expressions are known. The few words which resemble Carib are thought to be loans; toponyms in Pijao country are also Carib. Marshall & Seijas (1973) did not detect significative connections between Pijao and other unclassified languages of the area: Colima, Muzo, Pantágora, and Panche, but these are even more poorly attested than Pijao.

Vocabulary[edit]

amé tree
homéro bow
sumén to drink
čaguála canoe
kahírre dog
alamán crocodile
tínki tooth
tána water
nasés house
hoté star
nuhúgi woman
oréma man
yaguáde jaguar
núna moon
ñáma hand
golúpa cassava
lún eye
oléma ear
pegil foot
tápe stone
orái red
toléma snake
huíl sun
tenú tobacco

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pijao". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

References[edit]

  • Marshall Durbin & Haydée Seijas (1973): "A Note on Panche, Pijao, Pantagora (Palenque), Colima and Muzo", International Journal of American Linguistics, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan., 1973), pp. 47–51.