Akurio language

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Native toSuriname
Ethnicity40 Akurio people (2012)[1]
ExtinctLast native speaker died between 2002 and 2012. As of 2018, only 1 known semi-speaker remains.
  • Guianan Carib
    • Taranoan
      • Tiriyo
        • Akuriyó
Language codes
ISO 639-3ako

Akurio, also known as Akuriyó, is a dead Cariban language that was used by the Akurio people in Suriname until the late 20th century, when the group began using the Trío language. Akuriyo does not have a writing system.


The last native speaker is believed to have died in the first decade of the 2000s, at which time only 10 people were estimated to have Akuriyó as a second language. By 2012, only two semi-speakers remained.[1]

Sepi Akuriyó, one of the last surviving speakers of Akuriyó, went missing on December 2, 2018, when a small plane carrying 8 people disappeared during a flight over the Amazon rainforest. A search and rescue operation was called off after two weeks.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Akurio." Ethnologue. 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Akurio". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "A scandal in the Amazon - where pilots are forced to lie". BBC News. Retrieved 18 March 2019.