Language: Aikana is a language of South America, spoken by 100 people in Brazil.
Some linguists believe it may be related to the Arawakan
language family. Aikana is a morphologically complex tone language with many suffixes and primarily SOV word order.
Names: The name the people use to refer to themselves and their language is Aikanã, but several
other names have been recorded over the years, including Masaca, Tubarão, Huarí, Kasupá, Mundé, and Corumbiara. Most of these probably
either referred to particular Aikana bands, or were names for the Aikanas in neighboring tribes. ("Mundé" is a
given name in the Aikana language, and may have referred to a particular Aikana leader.) Today these alternate names are sometimes
still used as synonyms of "Aikana." Other common spellings include Aicana, Aikaná, Masaká, Masaka, Massaca, Massaká, Tubarao, Warí,
Huari, Wari, Uari, Cassupá, Kasupa, Mondé, Korumbiara, Kolumbiara, and Columbiara.