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Warao

A language of Venezuela

ISO 639-3wba

Population  28,100 in Venezuela (2007). Ethnic population: 36,129.
Region  Orinoco River Delta, Delta Amacuro, Sucre, Monagas. Also in Guyana, Suriname.
Language map  Venezuela, reference number 31
Alternate names   Guarao, Guarauno, Warrau
Classification  Language isolate
Language use  All ages.
Language development  NT: 1974.
Writing system  Latin script.

Also spoken in:

Guyana

Language name   Warao
Population  Few in Guyana (Forte 1990). Ethnic population: 5,000 in Guyana (2000 J. Forte).
Region  Northwestern, at Oreala, Guyana near coast, mixed with Arawak and Carib speakers.
Language map  Guyana
Alternate names  Guarao, Guarauno, Warau, Warrau
Language use  Older adults. Also use Guyanese Creole Engish [gyn].
 

Suriname

Language name   Warao
Population  Few in Suriname.
Region  Near Guyana border.
Language map  French Guiana and Suriname
Alternate names  Guarao, Guarauno, Warrau
Language use  Mainly older adults. Also use Guyanese Creole English [gyn].