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Documentation of Akuntsú

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Language Akuntsú
Depositor Carolina Aragon
Affiliation University of Utah, Center for American Indian Languages
Location Brazil
Deposit ID 0191
Grant ID SG0028
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the deposit

The documentation involves the production of linguistic, ethnographic, and lexicographic materials which are important not only to represent the structure of the language, but also to reveal the way that Akuntsú people themselves see and understand their world. As a long-term goal of Akuntsú documentation, a grammar and pedagogical materials will be created and a dictionary will be expanded ultimately to produce a talking dictionary.


Group represented

Akuntsú (Tuparí subfamily, Tupían family)


Language information

Akuntsú is spoken by only five people, all monolinguals, located near the Omerê River in Rondônia, Brazil. Until recently the Akuntsú people were an isolated indigenous group, now the only survivors of a genocidal massacre which left Akuntsú a critically endangered language.


Deposit contents

This collection contains different types of records, including narratives that represent Akuntsú cultural traditions, songs and dialogues.


Acknowledgement and citation

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

Aragon, Carolina. 2014. Documentation of Akuntsu. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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