Karajá

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Caraiauna, Carajá, Chambioa, Iny, Ynã
Population

3,060 (Crevels 2012). Javaé 800, Karajá 2,250, Xambioá 10 (Crevels 2012). Ethnic population: 4,010 (Crevels 2012). Javaé 1,210, Karajá 2,530, Xambioá 270 (Crevels 2012).

Location

Mato Grosso, Pará, and Tocantins states: Bananal island, Araguaia river; possibly also Goias state.

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Language Status

6b* (Threatened).

Dialects

Javaé (Javahe), Karajá (Carajá, Iny), Xambioá (Iraru Mahãdu, Ixybiowa, Karajá do Norte). Men and women speak different dialects.

Language Use

Portuguese [por] is the dominant language in Xambioá village (Crevels 2007). Also use Portuguese [por].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 70%. NT: 1983.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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