Pemon

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Kamarakotos, Pemong
Population

5,000 in Venezuela (2001 V. Becsky). Ethnic population: 22,300. Total users in all countries: 6,010.

Location

Bolivar state: Gran Sabana and adjacent areas.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Camaracoto, Taurepan (Taulipang, Taurepa, Taurepang), Arecuna (Arekuna, Aricuna, Daigok, Jarecouna, Jaricuna, Kamaragakok, Pemon, Pemóng, Pishauco, Potsawugok, Purucoto). Marginally intelligible with Akawaio [ake] and Patamona [pbc]. Camaracoto dialect may be a distinct language.

Typology

SOV; postpositions.

Language Use

Some adults are still monolingual but younger generation is becoming bilingual in Spanish [spa] or English [eng] (Crevels 2007). Mainly adults. Also use English [eng], Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Ninam [shb], Sapé [spc].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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