Mundurukú

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A language of Brazil

Alternate Names
Caras-Pretas, Monjoroku, Mundurucu, Paiquize, Pari, Weidyenye
Population

7,500 (Moore 2006). Ethnic population: 10,100 (2002 FUNASA).

Location

Amazonas, Mato Grosso, and Pará states; middle Madeira, and middle and upper Tapajós rivers; 22 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Grasslands villages quite monolingual. Also use Portuguese [por], especially those in Jacareacanga (with high proficiency), men (more than women) in Sai Cinza, those at the Roman Catholic mission on the Cururu, and men in villages along the Cururu (for trade). Many women know daily greetings. Used as L2 by Apinayé [apn].

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1980.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Population formerly decimated by outsiders’ diseases and malaria, is presently growing. Traditional religion, Christian.

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