Jê languages

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Jê–Kaingang, Gê, Ye
EthnicityGê peoples
Linguistic classificationMacro-Jê
  • Central Jê
  • Jeikó
  • Northern Jê
  • Southern Jê
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Jê languages proper (clear yellow) and other Macro-Jê languages (dark yellow) in modern times. Shadowed area represent approximately extension in the past.

The Jê languages (also spelled , Jean, Ye, Gean), or Jê–Kaingang languages, are spoken by the , a group of indigenous peoples in Brazil.

Family division[edit]

According to Ethnologue (which omits Jeikó), the language family is as follows:

Genetic relations[edit]

The Jê family forms the core of the Macro-Jê family. Kaufman (1990) finds the proposal convincing.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Je". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.