A language of French Guiana

Alternate Names
Emereñon, Emerilon, Melejo, Mereo, Mereyo, Teco, Teko

400 (Crevels 2012), increasing. Ethnic population: 400 (Crevels 2012).


Brazil border area, at the confluence of Camopi and Oiapock rivers; Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni district: Maroni river area, on Suriname border.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Mutually intelligible with Wayampi [oym].


SOV (rather free); postpositions, noun head generally final, no noun classes or genders, content q-word in initial position, up to 3 prefixes, verbal affixation marks person and number, both tense and aspect, no passives; nontonal; 16 consonant and 7 vowel phonemes.

Language Use

Used by all. All also use French [fra], especially educated persons. Also use Guianese Creole French [gcr], Portuguese [por]. Used as L2 by Wayampi [oym].

Language Development

Grammar. Texts.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Some borrowing from Wayana [way] or Carib [car]. Intermarriage with Wayana or Wayampi [oym].

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