Wayampi

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Guaiapi, Guayapi, Oiampí, “Oiampipucu” (pej.), Oyampí, Oyampík, “Oyampipuku” (pej.), Oyanpík, Waiampi, Waiãpi, Wajapae, Wajapuku, Wayapae, Wayãpi
Population

530 in Brazil (2000 SIL). Includes 520 speakers of Amapari, 10 of Oiapoque. Total users in all countries: 1,180.

Location

Amapá and Pará states: tributaries of upper Amapari river. 8 villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Oiyapoque Wayampi, Amapari Wayampi, Jari. Monolinguals include children under 6, more than half the women, most men over 45, and all of those recently from Brazil.

Language Use

All still speak their native language but knowledge of Portuguese [por] is growing (Crevels 2007). Also use Portuguese [por] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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