Carib

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Caribe, Cariña, Galibi, Kalihna, Kalinya, Kariña
Autonym
Kari’na auran, Kari’ña
Population

4,450 (2001 census). Ethnic population: 11,200 (Crevels 2007). Total users in all countries: 7,358.

Location

Anzoátegui, Bolívar, and Monagas states: Orinoco river mouth area; Guyana border; some in Delta Amacuro state.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Recognized language (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).

Dialects

Tabajari, Murato (Myrato, Western Carib). Eastern dialect primarily in eastern Suriname and in French Guiana and Brazil; western dialect in central and western areas of Suriname and in Guyana and Venezuela.

Typology

SOV; postpositions.

Language Use

Many in the ethnic group speak Carib but lack intergenerational transmission (Crevels 2007). Home. All ages.

Language Development
Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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