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Aymara Indian Language

Aymara is one of the major languages of South America, spoken by more than two million people in the Andean region of Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Actually, depending on the linguist doing the counting, there are somewhere between two and eight different Aymaran languages, each of which is difficult for speakers of the others to understand. (The difference of opinion on the exact number is because some of the varieties are considered to be dialects by some people and considered to be distinct Aymaran languages by others.)

Some linguists think Aymara may be distantly related to Quechua, but this has not been conclusively shown. There are many lexical similarities between the two languages, but that may be due to vocabulary borrowing -- the structures of the languages are radically different from each other. Aymara is an agglutinating language with SOV word order.





Aymara Language
Aymara language samples and resources.

Aymara Tribe Culture and History
Information and links about the Aymara Indians past and present.

Aymara Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Aymaras.



Aymara Language Resources

Our Aymara Language Materials

Aymara Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in Aymara.
Aymara Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Aymara words.
Aymara Picture Dictionary:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Aymara language.
Aymara Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Aymara language.
Aymara Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Aymara.
Aymara Numbers:
    Learn how to count in the Aymara language.

Aymara Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Aymara Alphabet:
    History of Aymara writing, with a phonological inventory and sample text.
Aymar Arux Akhamawa:
    Aymara language lesson files for free download.
Aymara Alphabet Unico:
    Overview of the official Aymara writing system, including audio clips of different Aymara sounds.
Central Aymara Language * Aymara Description * Aymara Numbers * Aymara Grammar * Aymara Phonology:
    Aymara Syntax * Aymara Text:
    Scanned-in Central Aymara language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Aymara and Quechua : Languages in Contact:
    Linguistics paper on the interplay between the Quechua and Aymara languages.
Logical and Linguistic Problems of Social Communication with the Aymara People:
    Sociolinguistics article on the connections between Aymara language and worldview.
Human Rights: Aymara:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Aymara language.
Aymara Prayers:
    Aymara translation of the Lord's Prayer and Hail Mary.
Language Museum: Aymara:
    Central Aymara language sample.
House of Languages: Aymara
     Information about Aymara language usage.
Central Aymara * Southern Aymara:
    Demographic information about Aymara from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Central Aymara Language Tree * Southern Aymara Language Tree:
    Theories about Aymara's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Aymara Language Structures:
    Aymara linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Aymara Proper Names

Andean Placenames:
    Chart of place names in Quechua and Aymara.
Names of Aymara Indians:
    List of Aymara names with their meanings in Spanish.
Native American Dog Names:
    Our new fundraiser offering names for dogs and other animals in American Indian languages (including Aymara).

Aymara Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

Aymara-English Thesaurus Dictionary:
    Small dictionary of the Aymara language for sale online.
Practical Aymara Dictionary:
    Aymara-Spanish dictionary.
American Indian Language Dictionaries:
    Aymara and other Native American dictionaries and language materials for sale.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Aymara:
Encyclopedia articles on the Aymara language.
Idioma Aimara * Lengua Aymara * Lingua Aymara * Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara * Escritura Aymara * Aymara Uta:
Information about the Aymara language in Spanish and Portuguese.
Aymaras:
Aymara language links.



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