Emerillon (alternate names Emerilon, Emerion, Mereo, Melejo, Mereyo, Teco) is a Tupi–Guarani language spoken in French Guiana on the rivers Camopi and Tampok. The Emerillon people refer to their language as Teke and it is mutually intelligible to Wayampi a language indigenous to French Guiana and Brazil.
Emerillon is only used along the French Guiana borders with Surinam and Brazil. There are only four hundred Emerillon speakers in the world. Although there are a limited number of speakers, Emerillon is still taught as a first language to children. Its name derives from mereñõ, a name given to members of the Emerillon tribe. They often refer to themselves as the Teko people which translates to "human being" in Wayãpi.
- Emerillon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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- Dietrich, Wolf (1 January 2013). "Review of Grammaire de l’émérillon teko, une langue tupi-guarani de Guyane française, Françoise Rose". International Journal of American Linguistics. 79 (3): 441–443. doi:10.1086/670927. JSTOR 670927.
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