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.