Amarakaeri language

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Amarakaeri
Native to Perú
Ethnicity Amarakaeri people
Native speakers
unknown (500 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 amr
Glottolog amar1274[2]

Amarakaeri is an indigenous American language of the Harakmbet language family spoken in Perú along the Madre de Dios and Colorado Rivers. There is less than 1% literacy compared to 5 to 15% literacy in second language Spanish. There is one dialect called Kisambaeri. It is an official language and has a dictionary. Amarakaeri speakers include the Kochimberi, Küpondirideri, Wíntaperi, Wakitaneri, and Kareneri gold panning tribes. There is a common misconception is that Amarakaeri is an Arawakan language. Alternate names include Amarakaire, Amaracaire, and Mashco; the latter of which is considered a pejorative term.

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  1. ^ Amarakaeri at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Amarakaeri". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.