Ninam

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Xirixana, Yanam
Population

800 in Brazil (2010 C. Luz). About evenly divided between northern and southern dialects. 15,700 for all Yanomam groups in Brazil (2006 FUNASA). Population total all countries: 900. Most are monolingual. Ethnic population: 1,200 ( C. Luz).

Location

Roraima, Mucajaí, upper Uraricaá and Paragua rivers.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Northern Ninam (Shiriana, Uraricaa-Paragua), Southern Ninam (Mukajai, Shirishana).

Language Use

All ages. Some children are beginning to learn Portuguese [por]. Used as L2 by Arutani [atx].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1970.
Other Comments

Distinct from the Arawakan Xiriâna [xir].

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