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Amarakaeri Language (Amarakaéri, Mashco)
Language: Amarakaeri is a Harakmbet
language of South America, spoken by 500 people in Peru.
There are two Amarakaeri dialects, known as Arakmbut and Kisambaeri.
Amarakaeri is closely related to the Huachipaeri
language, and some linguists consider them to be dialects of the same language as well. Amarakaeri is an
with verb-final word order (normally
and complex verb morphology.
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Names: The origin of the name Amarakaeri is unclear. It may have been a corruption of a native band name, most of which
end with the suffix "-eri" (which roughly means "people of,") or it may have been the name for the tribe in the language of their Huachipaeri
kinfolk. Most of the people today prefer their own name for themselves, Arakmbut;
they call their language Arakmbut Háte. This same name is also used
by the Huachipaeri to refer to themselves, though, and it is also used by linguists to refer to the family of languages they belong to.
For these reasons, "Amarakaeri" is often still used to disambiguate.
Mashco, another name that has been used to refer to both
Huachipaeri and Amarakaeri people, is disliked by many Amarakaeris, especially elders, who say it was originally a derogatory name used by
an enemy tribe. Spelling variants of these tribal names include Amarakaire, Amaracaire, Amaracaeri; Arakmbet, Harakmbut, Harakmbet;
and Maschco. There have also been many Amarakaeri subgroups,
including the Kisambaeri (or Amaiweri), Kareneri (or Careneri), Kochimberi, Kupondirideri, Wintaperi, Wakitaneri, Wandakweri, and Kipodneri.
Amarakaeri language samples and resources.
Amarakaeri Culture and History
Information and links about the Amarakaeri tribe past and present.
Our Online Amarakaeri Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Amarakaeri language, with comparison to words in other Harakmbet languages.
Amarakaeri Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Amarakaeri words.
Amarakaeri Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Amarakaeri language.
Amarakaeri Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Amarakaeri language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Amarakaeri language.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Amarakaeri language.
Amarakaeri Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
Spanish-Amarakaeri dictionary for sale online.
Indian Language Dictionaries:
Native American language books and other materials for sale.
Amarakaeri Language Resources
Amarakaeri Indian Language Amarakaeri Language Map Amarakaeri Orthography Amarakaeri Pronunciation:
Scanned-in Amarakeri language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Introduction to the spelling system of the Amarakaeri language.
Human Rights: Amarakaeri:
Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Amarakaeri.
Amarakaeri-Spanish dictionary, available online in PDF format.
La Lengua Amarakaeri:
Information on the Amarakaeri language including linguistic maps of Peru. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Harakmbut:
Information about Harakmbut language usage.
Demographic information on Amarakaeri from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Amarakaeri Language Tree:
Theories about Amarakaeri's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Amarakaeri Language Structures:
Amarakaeri linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles on the Amarakaeri language.
Lengua Amarakaeri Lenguas Harakmbet Los Amarakaeri Harakmbut:
Information about the Amarakaeris and their language in Spanish.
Amarakaeri links pages.
Books about the Amarakaeri people.
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