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Description and Documentation of the Apurinã (Arawak) Language of Brazil: Grammar, Dictionary and Text Collection


Language Apurinã
Depositor Sidney Facundes
Affiliation Universidade Federal do Pará
Location Brazil
Collection ID 0203
Grant ID FTG0007
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

Apurinã belongs to the Arawak family, with a few hundreds of speakers scattered along the tributaries of the Purus river basin, in Northwestern Brazilian Amazon. The collection here includes a preliminary sketch of the grammar of the language, a lexicon for fauna and flora and a few texts transcribed and interlinearized.


Group represented

Although the work on the language started with Sidi Facundes, as a graduate student, a team was created to include undergraduate students and, later, graduate students, with the aim of contributing to the description of the language, and to prepare materials to aid in the language strengthening and survival.


Language information

Arawak family, 500-800 speakers, OV correlates, VO most frequent.


Special characteristics

The data presented here for Apurinã is the first collected and analyzed by a professional linguist, after many fieldtrips.


Collection contents

To be determined


Other information

Use of this data for research and publication require authorization from Sidi Facundes.


Acknowledgement and citation

Use of part of this work should acknowledge Sidi Facundes as the principal investigator, and Angela Fabíola Chagas, Ana Paula Barros Brandão, Eládio Vieira Duarte, and Thiago Vital as collectors and researchers. It should acknowledge the Endangered Language Documentation Programme and the funding agency, and Universidade Federal do Pará as the researchers’ host institution in Brazil.

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

Facundes, Sidi. 2006. Description and Documentation of the Apurinã (Arawak) Language of Brazil: Grammar, Dictionary and Text Collection. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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