Saraveca language

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Native to Bolivia
Region Eastern jungle
Extinct (date missing)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sar
Glottolog sara1331[1]

Saraveca is an extinct Arawakan language once spoken in Bolivia by the Sarave. It is said[2][3] to be the only language with a numeral system based exclusively on five, although quinary systems exist. To some extent this is also an areal feature of other South American languages; many form their numbers 6–9 as "five + one", "five + two" and so on.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Saraveca". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Wells, David (1997). The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-0-14-026149-3. 
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica, "Numerals and numeral systems".