Sanumá

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Chirichano, Guaika, Samatali, Samatari, Sanema, Sanima, Tsanuma, Xamatari
Population

4,610 in Venezuela (2000). 500 Sanumá in Venezuela. Population total all countries: 5,070.

Location

Amazonas and Bolivar states, along Caura, Erebato, and Ventuari rivers; along Upper Auaris west to upper Padamo river area. Also in Brazil.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Cobari (Cobariwa, Kobali), Yanoma (Kohoroxitari).

Language Use

Percentage of monolinguals is still relatively high (2007). Up to 25% are bilingual in Maquiritari [mch] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 2007.
Writing
Latin script.

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