Baniwa

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Baniba, Baniua do Içana, Baniva, Dakenei, Issana, Kohoroxitari, Maniba
Population

Population total all countries: 610. Ethnic population: 5,150 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Amazonas, Middle Içana river.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Carutana. The Carutana dialect is extinct. Related to Curripaco [kpc]. Groups on middle Içana and Ayarí rivers speak Baniwa: Hohodené, Kadaupuritana, Sucuriyu-Tapuya, Siusy-Tapuya, Irá-Tapuya, Kawá-Tapuya, Waliperedakenai (Ribeiro 1967).

Language Use

Vigorous. Portuguese [por] used for communication with outsiders. Also use Nhengatu [yrl]. Used as L2 by Guarequena [gae].

Language Development
More parents are putting their children in schools. In rural areas, teacher use L1 most of the time; in urban areas, Portuguese [por] is used. NT: 1965–1985.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Go to Colombia or Venezuela to work or trade. Some isolated and uncontacted groups of Baniwa may exist in Brazil.

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