Carib

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Caribe, Cariña, Galibi, Kalihna, Kalinya, Kariña
Population

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

Location

Monagas and Anzoategui states, northeast near Orinoco river mouth, some in Bolivar state, just south of Orinoco.

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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