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Bakairi Indian Language (Kurâ)
Language: Bakairi is a Cariban language of South America,
spoken by 500 people in Brazil. Bakairi is an
with complex verb morphology.
It uses the uncommon OVS word order.
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Names: The Bakairi tribe's name for themselves in their own language is
Kúra, which means "the people."
They also refer to themselves as Bakairi today, although the origins of that name are not known. (It may have been
a placename, or a corruption of the word kúra.) Alternate spellings of these names have included Kurâ, Kura', Bakairí,
Bacairi, Bacairí, Bacaery, Bakaery, and Bacaeri.
Bakairi language samples and resources.
Bakairi Culture and History
Information and links about the Bakairi tribe past and present.
Introduction to the mythology of the Bakairi Indians.
Our Online Bakairi Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Bakairi language, with comparison to words in other Cariban languages.
Bakairi Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Bakairi words.
Bakairi Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Bakairi language.
Bakairi Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Bakairi language.
Worksheet showing color words in Bakairi.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Bakairi language.
Bakairi Dictionaries and Language Books for Sale
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Linguistic information about Bakairi and dozens of other Amazonian languages.
The Bakairi Indians of Brazil: Politics, Ecology, and Change:
Interesting ethnography of the Bakairi tribe including some sociolinguistics information.
Bakairi Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Tribes of Southern Brazil:
Map showing where the Bakairi language is spoken.
Omniglot: Bakairi (Kurâ):
Bakairi alphabet, sample text and links.
Eastern Bakairi Western Bakairi:
Linguistic chart of phonemes in two Bakairi dialects.
La Lengua Bacaira:
Information on Bakairi including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Bacairí
Information about Bacairí language usage.
Demographic information on Bakairi from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Archive of linguistics papers on Bakairi, in English and Portuguese.
Bakairi Language Tree:
Theories about Bakairi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bakairi Language Structures:
Bakairi linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
The New Testament in Bakairi: Bakairi Words of Life:
Translation of Bible passages into the Bakairi language.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Bakairi:
Bibliography of Bakairi language resources.
Os Bakairi Bacairis:
Information about the Bakairis and their language in Portuguese.
Wikipedia: Bakairi Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Bakairi language.
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