Tenharim

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Kagwahiv, Kawaib, Tenharem, Tenharin
Population

580 (Moore 2006). Ethnic population: 790 (2000 ISA). 590 Tenharim, 160 Parintintin, 50 Diahhoi (2000 ISA).

Location

Amazonas and Mato Grosso states, 2 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Diahói (Giahoi, Jahui, Jiahui), Kagwahiv (Kawaib), Karipuna Jaci Paraná, Mialát, Parintintín, Tenharim (Tenharem, Tenharin). Tenharim, Amundava [adw], Kayabi [kyz], Júma [jua], and Karipuna [kuq], Uru-eu-wau-wau [urz], and Morerebi [xmo] are all reportedly linguistically very similar.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

The language has almost disappeared on the Igarapé Preto and Sepoti rivers. On the Marmelos River it is still used within the group (Crevels 2007). Practically all are bilingual in Portuguese [por] (Crevels 2007). Used as L2 by Karipuna [kuq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

The Tenharim, Amundava [adw], Kayabi [kyz], Júma [jua], and Karipuná [kuq] all use the ethnic autonym Kagwahiva (Kagwahibm, Kagwahiv, Kawahip, Kavahiva, Kawaib, Kagwahiph). Diahói are on Rio Marmelos; Karipuna in Rondônia on Jaci Paraná River Post; Morerebi on Rio Preto and Marmelos.