Nadëb

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Anodöub, Kabari, Kabori, Makú Nadëb, Makunadöbö, Nadeb Macu, Nadöbö, Xiriwai, Xuriwai
Population

400 (Moore 2006). Deb, a separate ethnic group from the Nadëb, now reclaiming their identity by using Nadëb. 280 Deb (2008 M. Rodriquez), 580 Nadëb (2009 FUNASA). Ethnic population: 850 (2010 S. Anonby).

Location

Amazonas, 3 locations on Uneiuxi river: a tributary of Negro River, on Japurá and Negro rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

OSV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Those living near Santa Isabel are reported to be partially assimilated into local Brazilian culture and may be losing their native language. Those in Riacho Escondido are all full speakers (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ruhlen (1987) and others classify it as Puinave in Macro-Tucanoan. Seminomadic.