Pemon

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Pemong
Population

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

Location

Bolivar State, Gran Sabana and adjacent areas. Also in Brazil, Guyana.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Arecuna (Arekuna, Aricuna, Daigok, Jaricuna, Kamaragakok, Pemon, Pishauco, Potsawugok, Purucoto), Camaracoto, Taurepan (Taulipang). 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.

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990.

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