Urarina language

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Native to Peru
Region Loreto Region, Urarinas district.
Ethnicity Urarina people
Native speakers
3,000  (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ura
Glottolog urar1246[2]

Urarina is a language spoken in Peru, specifically in the Loreto Region of Northwest Peru, by the Urarina people. There are around 3,000 speakers.[1] It uses a Latin script. It is also known as Itucali, Simacu or Shimacu.[1]

It has a canonical word order of object–verb–subject which is very rare among the world's languages.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Urarina at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Urarina". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Wals.info
  • Wise, Mary Ruth. (1999). "Small Language Families and Isolates in Peru" in The Amazonian Languages. Dixon, R. M. W. and Aikhenvald, Alexandra (ed.)