Mapidian language

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Mapidian
Maopidyán
Native to Brazil
Native speakers
less than 10  (2006)[1]
Arawakan
  • Northern
    • Wapishanan (Rio Branco)
      • Mapidian
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mpw
Glottolog mapi1252  (Mapidian)[2]
mawa1268  (Mawakwa)[3]

Mapidian (Maopidyán) is a moribund Arawakan language of Brazil and formerly of Guyana.

Kaufman (1994) classified Mapidian as a dialect of Wapishana, whereas Aikhenvald (1999) separates them. Ethnologue notes they have a "lexical similarity" of 10%.[4]

Extinct Mawakwa may have been a dialect (Loukotka 1968, Aikhenvald)[citation not found].

Aikhenvald had included Mawayana as a variant of Mapidian, but Hicks (2002) reports they are not similar.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Moore 2006:121.
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mapidian". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mawakwa". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, & Charles D. Fennig, eds. (2015). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (18th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. 
  5. ^ Mawayana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)

References[edit]

  • Moore, D (2006). "Brazil: Language situation". In Brown, K. Encyclopedia of language and linguistics 2 (2nd ed.). Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 117–128.