Mundurukú

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A language of Brazil

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

7500 (Moore 2006). Ethnic population: 10,100 (2002 FUNASA).

Location

Pará, Amazonas, 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 many villages along Cururu river, men know trading vocabulary, women know daily greetings.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1980.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

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