Baniwa

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Baniba, Banibo, Baniua do Içana, Baniva, Maniba
Population

610 (2007 SIL), decreasing. Ethnic population: 2,410 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 6,420.

Location

Amazonas state: Colombia border area, between Curipaco [kpc] and Guarequena [gae] language areas.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).

Dialects

The Carutana dialect is extinct. Related to Curripaco [kpc]. Groups on middle Içana and Ayarí rivers speak Baniwa: Hohodené, Kadaupuritana, Sucuriyu-Tapuya, Siusy-Tapuya, Irá-Tapuya, Kawá-Tapuya, Waliperedakenai (Ribeiro 1967).

Language Use

Low vitality. Most also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
NT: 1965–1985.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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