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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Caliana, Chirichano, Kaliána, Kariana
Population

5 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 28 (1992).

Location

Bolivar state: 3 small settlements on Karuna and Paragua rivers.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).

Dialects

None known. Some lexical correspondences with Warao [wba]. Greenberg classified it provisionally as Macro-Tucanoan.

Language Use

Much intermarriage. Also use Arutani [atx], Ninam [shb], Pemon [aoc].

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