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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 agglutinative language 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
Bakairi language samples and resources.

Bakairi Culture and History
Information and links about the Bakairi tribe past and present.

Bakairi Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Bakairi Indians.



Bakairi Language Resources

Our Online Bakairi Materials

Bakairi Words:
    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.
Bakairi Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Bakairi.
Bakairi Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Bakairi language.

Bakairi Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources

Languages of the Amazon:
    Linguistic information about Bakairi and dozens of other Amazonian languages.
Vocabulário Portuguęs-Bakairí:
    Portuguese-Bakairi dictionary.

Bakairi Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

La Lengua Bacaira:
    Information on Bakairi including a linguistic map of South America. Page in Spanish.
Vocabulário bacairi:
    Bacairi-Portuguese wordlist.
House of Languages: Bacairí
     Information about Bacairí language usage.
Bakairi Language:
    Demographic information on Bakairi from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bakairi Language Tree:
    Theories about Bakairi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bakairi Language Structures:
    Bakairi linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Os Bakairi * Bacairis:
Information about the Bakairis and their language in Portuguese.
Wikipedia: Bakairi Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Bakairi language.
Bakairi Resources:
Bakairi links.
Bakairi People:
Bakairi Indian books.



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