Language: Arawak, also known as Lokono, is an Arawakan language of South America.
It is an agglutinating language
with SVO word order.
Some indigenous Caribbean tribes who once spoke related Arawakan languages, such as the
Tainos of Haiti and the Bahamas and the
"Island Caribs" of Dominica, are also sometimes referred to as
Arawaks, but their languages were distinct. The Lokono Arawak language is sometimes called "True Arawak"
or "Arawak proper" to distinguish it from other languages of the Arawakan language family, like Taino and Kalhipona.
Lokono Arawak is spoken by about 2500 people in Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and Venezuela, and was once spoken on neighboring Caribbean
islands like Barbados as well.
Names:Arawak is a tribal name from their own language referring to their main crop food, the cassava root
(also known as manioc.) The Arawaks also call themselves Lokono, which means "the people," and sometimes refer
to the Arawak language as Lokono Dian, "the people's speech." Alternate spellings of
these names include ArawŠk, Arahuaco, Aruak, Arowak, Arawac, Araguaco, Aruaqui, Arwuak, Arrowukas, Arahuacos, Locono,