Language of the Day for 25 July 2013


Kayapó [txu]

A language of
7,100 (Moore 2006). 19 communities in regular contact with outsiders; also 3–4 isolated Kayapó groups of 30–100 people (Crevels 2007). 3,950 monolinguals.
6b (Threatened).
Language Use
Vigorous. All domains, including initial education. Positive attitudes. A few also use Portuguese [por]. Used as L2 by Panará [kre].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. 400 readers, 100 can write. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Grammar. NT: 1996.
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