Wapishana language

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Wapixana
Native to Guyana, Brazil
Ethnicity Wapishana
Native speakers
13,000 (2000)[1]
Arawakan
  • Northern
    • Wapishanan (Rio Branco)
      • Wapixana
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wap
Glottolog wapi1253[2]

Wapishana (Wapixana) is an Arawakan language of Guyana and Brazil.

Kaufman (1994) considered Wapishana, Atorada, and Mapidian to be dialects. Aikhenvald (1999) separates Mawayana/Mapidian/Mawakwa (considered as a single language) from Wapishana, and she includes them in a Rio Branco branch. Ethnologue notes that Atorada has 50% lexical similarity with Wapishana and 20% with Mapidian, and that Wapishana and Mapidian share 10%.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wapixana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wapishana". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

References[edit]

  • Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (1999). "The Arawak language family". In Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.; Dixon, R.M.W. The Amazonian languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 65–106. 
  • Gomes dos Santos, Manoel (2006). Uma Gramática do Wapixana (Aruák) – Aspectos da Fonologia, da Morfologia e da Sintaxe (Dissertation). Campinas, SP: Universidade Estadual de Campinas. 
  • Tracy, Frances V. (1974). "An Introduction to Wapishana Verb Morphology". International Journal of American Linguistics 40 (2): 120–125. doi:10.1086/465294.