Saraveca language

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Saraveca
Native to Bolivia
Region Eastern jungle
Extinct (date missing)
Arawakan
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sar
Glottolog sara1331[1]

Saraveca is an extinct Arawakan language once spoken in Bolivia by the Sarave. It is said[2][3] to be the only language with a numeral system based exclusively on five, though in fact quinary systems are not uncommon. To some extent this is also an areal feature of other South American languages; many form their numbers 6–9 as "five + one", "five + two" and so on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Saraveca". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Wells, David (1997). The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-0-14-026149-3. 
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, "Numerals and numeral systems".