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Ashaninka Indian Language (Asháninka, Campa)
Language: Ashaninka is an Arawakan language of South America,
spoken by more than 50,000 people in Peru and Brazil today. Ashaninka is
polysynthetic and has
VSO word order.
Actually, there are between two and nine Ashaninka languages,
depending on the linguist doing the categorizing-- there are many different varieties of the Ashaninka language, but little agreement
about which are dialects and which are separate languages. The two main linguistic groupings are Ashaninka, which is spoken in
communities further to the south, and Asheninka, which is spoken further to the north.
One of the Asheninka languages, Gran Pajonal Asheninka,
is usually considered a distinct language, and three other Asheninka variants,
are considered by some to be distinct languages and by others to be
dialects of Pajonal. Other people consider all four of these to be Asheninka dialects.
A far northern dialect called Apurucayali
is sometimes also considered distinct, and some linguists class the related languages
as Ashaninka languages as well. Speakers of these different tongues can often understand each other, but not very well.
The similarity between different Ashaninka languages can be compared to the similarity between closely related languages such as
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
Names: The tribal name Ashaninka means "our relatives" in the Ashaninka language. (The same word is
pronounced Asheninka or Ashininka, in other dialects, and is spelled in a great variety of ways, including
Asháninka, Ashéninka, Ashaninca, Asheninca, Ashéninca, Ajyininka, Ajyeninka, Axininca, Axaninca, Ashaninga, Asheninga,
Ashenica, Ashaninta, Ashninca, and Asaninga.) The Ashaninka Indians are also commonly known as the
Campa, a name for their tribe that probably came
from the neighboring Quechua or Panoan languages. Though some Ashaninka communities refer to themselves as Campas,
many Ashaninkas dislike this term, considering it derogatory. Other names they have been known by are
Chuncho, and the names of
Ashaninka subgroups include Atsiri, Gran Pajonal, Tambo, Perené, Pichis, Ucayali, Apurucayali, and
Alternate spellings of these names include Kampa, Kompa, Camba, Thampa, Thamba, Campiti, Komparia, Kuruparia;
Andi, Ande; Chunchu, Chunco; Atiri; and Chascoco.
Ashaninka language samples and resources.
Ashaninka Culture and History
Information and links about the Ashaninka tribe past and present.
Our Online Ashaninka Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Ashaninka and Asheninka languages, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Ashaninka Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Ashaninka words.
Ashaninka Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Ashaninka Campa language.
Ashaninka Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Ashaninka language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Ashaninka language.
Worksheet showing how to count in Ashaninka.
Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Ashaninka language.
Ashaninka Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
A Grammar of Alto Perené Ashéninka:
Thorough linguistic description of the Alto Perené language.
Diccionario Ashéninca-Castellano Idioma Ashéninca:
Ashaninka dictionary and language learning book. Both books in Spanish.
Ashéninka Stories of Change:
Sociolinguistics book for sale on the Ashéninka language.
Upper Perené Arawak Narratives of History, Landscape, and Ritual:
Bilingual book of legends, literature, and oral history from the Ashéninka Perene Arawaks.
The phonology and morphology of Axininca Campa:
Book on the Axininca language.
Comparative Arawakan Histories: Rethinking Language Family and Culture Area in Amazonia:
Anthropology book on the Ashaninka and other Arawakan-speaking tribes of the Amazon.
Native American Language Dictionaries:
Ashaninka and other American Indian dictionaries and language materials for sale.
Ashaninka Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Asháninka Alphabet and Pronunciation:
Phonological inventory of the Ashaninka language, with a sample text and a folk song.
Ashaninka language information including a linguistic map of Peru. Page in Spanish.
Linguistics study of the Tepehuan and Pichis languages.
UDHR: Ashàninca UDHR: Ashéninca UDHR: Campa pajonalino:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into the Ashaninka language.
Ashaninka translation of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Linguistics paper about reduplication in Ashaninka.
Language House: Ashanincas Language House: Ashenincas:
Information about Ashaninka language usage.
AILLA: Ashéninka Perené:
Archive of Ashéninka language recordings available for download.
Asháninka Ashéninka Pajonal Pichis Ashéninca South Ucayali Ashéninca Ucayali-Yurúa Ashéninca:
Ashéninka Perené Ajyininka Apurucayali:
Demographic information about the Ashaninka languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Encyclopedia entry on the Ashaninka language.
Campa Language Tree:
Theories about Ashaninka's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Pajonal Asheninca Language Structures Axininca Language Structures:
Ashaninka linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Links, References, and Additional Information
La Lengua Asháninka Idioma Asháninca:
Information about the Ashaninka language in Spanish.
Ashaninca language links.
Ashaninka Indian books.
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