Tucanoan languages

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Linguistic classificationOne of the world's primary language families
East Tukano (nuclear green), Central Tukano (turquoise green) and West Tukano (dark green). Spots indicates actual locations of the different languages. The shadowed area intendes extension before the 20th century.

Tucanoan (also Tukanoan, Tukánoan) is a language family of Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru.


There are two dozen Tucanoan languages:

  • Western Tucanoan[2]
    • Correguaje (also known as Coreguaje, Caquetá, Korewahe, Koreguaje)
    • ?Tama
    • Napo
      • Orejón (also known as Coto, Payoguaje, Payaguá, Koto, Payowahe, Payawá, M`áíhɨ̃ki)
      • Siona–Secoya (Upper Napo)
        • ?Macaguaje (AKA Kakawahe, Piohé) †
        • Siona (Siona, Sioni, Pioje, Pioche-Sioni, Tetete)
        • Secoya (Piohé, Secoya, Siona-Secoya)
  • Central Tucanoan[citation needed]
    • Cubeo (also known as Cuveo, Kobeua, Kubewa)
    • Tanimuca (also known as Retuarã)
  • Eastern Tucanoan[citation needed]
    • South
      • Macuna (also known as Buhagana, Wahana, Makuna-Erulia, Makuna)
      • Barasana (also known as Paneroa, Eduria, Edulia, Comematsa, Janera, Taibano, Taiwaeno, Taiwano)
    • Central
    • North
      • Tucano (also known as Tukana, Dasea)
      • Guanano (also known as Wanana, Wanano, Kotedia, Kotiria, Wanana-Pirá)
        • Piratapuyo (also known as Waikina, Uiquina)
  • ?Miriti
  • ?Cueretú (also known as Kueretú) †
  • ?Yauna (also known as Jaúna, Yahuna, Yaúna) †

Most languages are, or were, spoken in Colombia.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tukanoan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Thiago Chacon (2012)


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