Xerénte language

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Native to Brazil
Region Tocantins
Ethnicity Xerente people
Native speakers
1,810 (2000)[1]
  • Ge
    • Central
      • Xerénte
Official status
Official language in
 Brazil (Tocantínia)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 xer
Glottolog xere1240[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.



Front Central Back
Close i ĩ ɨ u ũ
Close-mid e ẽ o õ
Mid ə ə̃
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a
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


  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.