Carib

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Caribe, Cariña, Galibi, Kalihna, Kalinya, Kariña, Kari’nya
Population

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

Location

Anzoategui, Bolivar, and Monagas states, northeast near Orinoco river mouth, small enclave on Guyana border; some in Delta Amacuro State.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Murato (Myrato, Western Carib), Tabajari. 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
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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