Mundurukú

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Caras-Pretas, Monjoroku, Mundurucu, Paiquize, Pari, Weidyenye
Population

7,500 (Moore 2006). Ethnic population: 10,100 (2002 FUNASA).

Location

Para, Amazonas, and Mato Grosso states; middle and upper Tapajós and middle Madeira rivers; 22 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Grasslands villages quite monolingual. Those in Jacareacanga have high proficiency in Portuguese [por]. Men, more than women, in Sai Cinza and those on the Roman Catholic mission on the Cururu occasionally use Portuguese. In many villages along the Cururu many men know trading vocabulary, many women know daily greetings.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1980.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Population formerly decimated by outsiders’ diseases and malaria, is presently growing. Traditional religion, Christian.