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Arabela Language

Language: Arabela is an endangered Zaparoan language of South America, spoken by a few dozen people in northern Peru. Most Arabela Indians have been switching to the Spanish and Quechua languages. Arabela is an agglutinating language with many suffixes and its word order is SOV. It is closely related to the Andoa language, and some linguists consider them to be dialects of a single language.

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Names: The word Arabela is actually a place name, referring to a river that runs through their territory. Their own name they use for themselves is Tapueyocuaca (or Tapweyokwaka,) which means "our family," although today they commonly call themselves Arabelas. Other names they are sometimes known by include Chiripunu, Chiripuno, and Pananuyuri. Sometimes the Arabela language is referred to as Arabela-Andoa, considering its close relationship with the Andoa language.

Our Arabela Language Materials

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

Arabela Language Resources

Arabela Language * Arabela Linguistic Description * Arabela Orthography * Arabela Phonology * Arabela Grammar:
    Scanned-in Arabela language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Arabela Language * Arabela Description * Arabela Phonology * Arabela Grammar * Arabela Orthography:
    Scanned-in Arabela language texts from the Rosetta Project.
Arabela Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Arabela language, with a sample text.
Human Rights: Arabela:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Arabela language.
La Lengua Arabela-Andoa:
    Information on Andoa and Arabela including linguistic maps of South America and Peru. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Arabela
     Information about Arabela language usage.
Arabela Language:
    Demographic information on Arabela from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia: Arabela:
    Encyclopedia article on the Arabela language.
Arabela Language Tree:
    Theories about Arabela's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Arabela Language Structures:
    Arabela linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Books For Sale On The Arabelas

Languages of the Amazon
     In-depth book about Arabela and dozens of other Amazonian Indian languages.
American Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Arabela Culture and History

The Arabela of Peru:
    Cultural overview of the Arabela people.
Coverup of an Uncontacted Tribe:
    Article about the disputed existence of uncontacted Arabela communities in the Peruvian rainforest.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Arabela * Arabela (Tapueyocuaca) * Idioma Arabela:
Information about the Arabelas and their language in Spanish.



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