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Patamona

A language of Guyana

ISO 639-3pbc

Population  4,700 (Forte 1990). Ethnic population: 5,000 (2000 J. Forte).
Region  West central, about 13 villages.
Language map  Guyana
Alternate names   Eremagok, Ingariko, Kapon
Dialects  Similar to Macushi [mbc] but not inherently intelligible Marginally intelligible with the Arecuna dialect of Pemon [aoc]. Most similar to Akawaio [ake], but vocabulary differences and language attitudes separate them.
Classification  Carib, Northern, East-West Guiana, Macushi-Kapon, Kapon
Language development  People in the village of Paramakatoi are literate in English and Patamona. Some in other villages are literate in English. NT: 1974.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  The Akawaio [ake] are less acculturated than Patamona. ‘Ingariko’ is the Macushi term for bush people.
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