Desano

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Boleka, Desâna, Dessano, Kusibi, Oregu, Uina, Wina, Wirã
Population

960 in Brazil (1995 SIL). Population total all countries: 3,420. Ethnic population: 1,530 (Moore 2006).

Location

Northwestern Amazonas, Terra Indígena Alto Rio Negro, region along the border with Colombia, sixty communities and sites along the margins of the Tiquié river and its tributaries. Also in Colombia.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 90% with Siriano [sri].

Typology

Whistle speech reported

Language Use

The people generally use Tucano [tuo] instead of Desano.

Language Development
Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1984–2011.
Writing
Latin script.

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