Pirahã

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Mura, Múra-Pirahã, Pirahán
Population

L1 users: 360 (2000 ISA). Most are monolingual. Ethnic population: 1,500 (1995 SIL). Pirahã is a small group, Múra much larger.

Location

Amazonas state: Maici and Autaces rivers.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Múra.

Typology

SOV; whistle speech reported.

Language Use

Vigorous. Some also use Portuguese [por]. Many have shifted to it. Of those who have not, men understand it, but women understand very little and never use it to express themselves (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Grammar. Bible portions: 1987.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

In 1960s the population dwindled to 80 due to high infant mortality, death of mothers giving birth, and disease. Modern medicine helped population growth.

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