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Bororo Indian Language (Boe, Borôro)

Language: Bororo is a Macro-Ge language of South America. It is spoken by around 1500 people in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Bororo is agglutinative and has SOV word order.

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Names: Bororo is a tribal name, meaning "village square" in their own language. Although the people accept this designation, they refer to themselves as Boe, which means "people," and to their language as Boe Wadáru. There are two main dialects of Bororo: Eastern Bororo (also known as Orari, Bororo Oriental, Oarimugudoge, or Coroado) and Western Bororo (also known as Bororo Occidental, Cabaçais, or Campanha.) Alternate spellings and other variants of these names have included Borôro, Boróro, Bororó, Borro, Boe Wadaru, Coroada, Coroados, Cabacai, Cabaçai, Cabaçal, Cabacal, Orarimugudoge, Orarimogodoge, and Orarimogodogue. Like several other rainforest tribes of Brazil, the Bororos have sometimes also been known by the generic name Coroados.


Bororo Language

Bororo language samples and resources.

Bororo Culture and History

Information and links about the Bororo tribe past and present.


Bororo Language Resources

Our Online Bororo Materials

Bororo Picture Dictionary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Bororo language, with comparison to words in other Macro-Ge languages.

Bororo Language Resources

Tribes and Languages of Brazil: * Language Map of Southern Brazil:
    Maps showing the areas in Brazil where Bororo is spoken.
Bororo Phonology:
    Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Bororo language.
New Testament in Bororo * Language Museum: Bororo: * Bororo Words of Life:
    Translation of Bible passages into Bororo.
Bororo Prayers:
    The Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers translated into Bororo.
La Lengua Bororo:
    Bororo language information including a linguistic map of Brazil. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Bororo
     Information about Bororo language usage.
Bororo Language:
    Demographic information on Bororo from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bororo Language Tree:
    Theories about Bororo's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bororo Language Structures:
    Bororo linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Bororo Papers:
    Archive of linguistics papers on Bororo, in English and Portuguese.

Bororo Dictionaries and Language Books for Sale
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Space-Time of the Bororo of Brazil:
    Anthropology book on the worldview of the Bororo Indians.
Vital Souls: Bororo Cosmology, Natural Symbolism, and Shamanism:
    Book on the religious traditions of the Bororo people.
The Amazonian Languages:
    Linguistic information about Bororo and dozens of other languages of the Amazon.
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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Bororo:
Bibliography of Bororo language resources.
Wikipedia: Borôro:
Encyclopedia article on the Bororo language.
Gramática Pedagógica Bororo * Indigenas no Brasil: Língua Bororo:
Information about the Bororo language in Portuguese.



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