Xerénte language

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Xerénte
Native toBrazil
RegionTocantins
EthnicityXerente people
Native speakers
1,810 (2000)[1]
Macro-Ge
  • Ge
    • Central
      • Xerénte
Official status
Official language in
 Brazil (Tocantínia)
Language codes
ISO 639-3xer
Glottologxere1240[2]

The Xerénte language (Sherenté) is one of the Ge languages of Brazil. It is spoken by the Xerente people in the Tocantins region between Rio do Sono and Rio Tocantins.

Phonology[edit]

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Vowels
Front Central Back
Close i ĩ ɨ u ũ
Close-mid e ẽ o õ
Mid ə ə̃
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a
Consonants
Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p t k
voiced b d
Fricative voiceless s h
voiced z
Nasal m n
Approximant j w
Flap ɾ

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Xerénte at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Xerente". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SAPhon – South American Phonological Inventories". linguistics.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-09.