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The work of the Kubeo Language Documentation Team

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Language Kubeo
Depositor Thiago Chacon
Affiliation University of Brasilia
Location Colombia and Brasil
Collection ID 0188
Grant ID SG0038
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

Kubeo (cub) is spoken in the multilingual Vaupes region, upriver from São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil, and downriver from Mitú, Colombia (lat.0-1, 75N, long.69>71W). The project involves fieldwork with different Kubeo villages and dialects in Brazil and Colombia, linguistic training and recording equipment for native speakers in the documentation team, and the enlargement of the Kubeo texts database. General outcomes include a large database of analyzed texts of different genres and social contexts, a practical grammar written with Kubeo teachers, and work towards a detailed reference grammar of Kubeo.


Group represented

Kubeo, Tukanoan, upper Rio Negro, Northwest Amazon


Language information

The Kubeo language is also known by the following names: Cuveo, Hehenawa, Hipnwa, Kobeua, Kobewa, Kubwa, Pamiwa. It is a Tukanoan language and is spoken in northwestern Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. This collection looks at Kubeo varieties spoken in Brazil and Colombia, specifically those spoken by the Açaí and Querari (two indigenous communities in Brazil), in Mitú and São Gabriel da Cachoeira (the Colombian and Brazilian closest towns, respectively).


Collection contents

This is a collection of about 35 recordings from a diverse set of discourse genres, sociolinguistic contexts, different examples of language use with various participants, made by the “Kubeo Language Documentation Team”– a group of young men and women who were trained in Language Documentation. It also includes documentation of the activities carried out for the “Kubeo-Multilingual Encyclopedi-Dictionary Project” as well as a documentary film about the project.


Other information

The data in this deposit is presented in unicode and has no ACSII. The time span covered by the materials is a year and a half, 2010-2011. This collection will also be deposited at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America at a future date.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Chacon, Thiago. 2013. The work of the Kubeo Language Documentation Team. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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