Yuri language (Amazon)
|Native to||Brazil, extending slightly into Colombia|
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Yurí (Jurí) is, or was, a language previously spoken near a stretch of the Caquetá River in the Brazilian Amazon, extending slightly into Colombia. A small amount of data was collected on two occasions in the 19th century, in 1853 and 1867. Kaufman (1994:62, after Nimuendajú 1977:62) notes that there is lexical evidence to support a link with Ticuna in a Ticuna–Yurí language family, though the data has never been explicitly compared (Hammarström 2010).
It is commonly assumed that the Yuri people and language survive among the uncontacted people or peoples the Rio Puré region, now the Río Puré National Park. Indeed, "Yuri" is often used as a synonym for the only named people in the area, the Carabayo. A list of words collected n 1969 from the, or one of the, Río Puré peoples was 20% cognate with Yuri, suggesting the possibility of a Rio Pure language family though not direct descent (Hammarström 2010).
- Kaufman, Terrence (1994). "The native languages of South America". In Moseley, Christopher and R.E. Asher. Atlas of the world's languages. London: Routledge. pp. 46−76.
- Harald Hammarström, 2010, 'The status of the least documented language families in the world'. In Language Documentation & Conservation, v 4, p 183 
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