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Aguaruna Language (Awajun, Aents)

Language: Aguaruna is a Jivaroan language of South America, closely related to Shuar. Like other Jivaroan languages, Aguaruna is an agglutinative language with many suffixes and SOV word order. The Aguaruna language is spoken by 50,000 people in northern Peru, where tribal children receive bilingual education in school.

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Names: Other spellings of the name Aguaruna include Awajun, Awajún, Awahun, Awahún, Awaruna, Ahuaruna, Ahuajun, Aguajún, Aguahún, Aguajun, Ahuajún, Awajunt, Aguaju'n, and Aguahu'n. The Aguarunas also refer to themselves as Aents (Aints), which means "the people" in the Aguaruna language, or as Iinia (Ii-nĩ-ia), which means "ourselves." Iinia Chicham (or Iinia Chichama) means "our language" and is sometimes used as another way of referring to the Aguaruna language. As with other Jivaroan tribes, the Aguarunas are also sometimes called by the general term Jivaro.

Aguaruna Language
Aguaruna language samples and resources.

Aguaruna Indians Culture and History
Information and links about the Aguaruna tribe past and present.

Aguaruna Language Resources

Our Online Aguaruna Materials

Aguaruna Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Aguaruna language, with comparison to words in other Jivaroan languages.
Aguaruna Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Aguaruna words.
Aguaruna Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Aguaruna language.
Aguaruna Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Aguaruna language.
Aguaruna Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Aguaruna language.
Aguaruna Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Aguaruna language.
Aguaruna Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Aguaruna language.

Aguaruna Dictionaries and Language Books for Sale
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A Grammar of Aguaruna (Iiniá Chicham):
    Book on the Aguaruna language for sale online.
Diccionario Básico de la Lengua Awajún:
    Aguaruna-Spanish dictionary.
American Indian Language Dictionaries:
    Aguaruna and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials.

Aguaruna Language Learning Lessons and Materials

Peru Linguistic Map * Tribes and Languages of Peru:
    Maps showing the areas in South America where Awajun (Aguaruna) is spoken.
Aguaruna Text * Aguaruna Orthography * Aguaruna Numbers * Aguaruna Phonology
    Aguaruna Grammar * Aguaruna Orthography * Aguaruna Story:
    Digitized Aguaruna language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Aguaruna (Iinia Chichama):
    Profile of the Aguaruna language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Aguaruna Phonology:
    Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Aguaruna language.
Cultura Awajun: El Alfabeto:
    Introduction to the Awajun alphabet, with audio clips. Page in Spanish.
La Lengua Aguaruna * Lenguas Jíbaros:
    Information on Aguaruna including linguistic maps of South America. (Pages in Spanish.)
Idioma Awajun:
    Aguaruna language learning book available online. Text in Spanish.
House of Languages: Aguaruna
     Information about Aguaruna language usage.

Aguaruna Linguistics Research

Aguaruna Language Tree:
    Theories about Aguaruna's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Aguaruna Language Structures:
    Aguaruna linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Aguaruna Papers:
    Archive of linguistics papers on Aguaruna, in English and Spanish.

Literature and Texts in the Aguaruna Language

Human Rights: Aguaruna:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Aguaruna.
The Bible in Aguaruna: * Tower of Babel in Aguaruna: * Aguaruna Good News:
    Aguaruna Genesis Translation * Lord's Prayer in Aguaruna:
    Translations of Bible passages and prayers into the Aguaruna language.

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References, Links, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Aguaruna:
  Bibliography of Aguaruna language resources.
  OLAC: Aguaruna:
  Reference list of Aguaruna language materials.
  Wikipedia: Aguaruna:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Aguaruna language.
  Diccionario Aguaruna-Castellano * Lengua Awajun * Awajún * Idioma de los Indios Aguaruna:
  Information about the Aguaruna language in Spanish.
  Aguaruna language links.

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