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Bribri Language (Talamanca, Bri-Bri)
Language: Bribri is a Chibchan language of Central America,
spoken by 10,000 people in Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages,
Bribri is a tone language
with SOV word order.
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Names: Bribri is a tribal name, deriving from a word for "mountainous" in their own language.
The Bribri language is also referred to as Su Uhtuk, which means "our language." The Bribris have also
been referred to by their non-native neighbors as
Talamanca. Important Bribri subgroups
include the Salitre,
the Katsi, and the
The three primary dialects of Bribri are known by linguists as Salitre-Cabagra, Coroma, and Katsi-Amubre after
the Bribri groups that use each of them. Alternate spellings of these names have included Bri-bri, Bribriwak,
Bribri-wak, Suuhtuk, Viceyta, and Catsi.
Bribri language samples and resources.
Bribri Culture and History
Information and links about the Bribri tribe past and present.
Introduction to the mythology of the Bribris.
Our Online Bribri Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Bribri language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Bribri Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Bribri words.
Bribri Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in Bribri.
Bribri Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Bribri.
Worksheet showing how to count in Bribri.
Worksheet showing color words in the Bribri language.
Books for Sale on the Bribri Language
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Linguistic information about Bribri and dozens of other Central and South American languages.
The Chibchan Languages:
Book on the Chibchan language family including Bribri.
Bribri Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Scanned-in Bribri language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Information on the Bribri language, including a piece of a legend written in Bribri. Page in Spanish.
Online phonology and grammar of the Bribri language. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Bribri
Information about Bribri language usage.
Archive of Bribri language recordings available for download.
Demographic information on Bribri from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bribri Language Tree:
Theories about Bribri's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bribri Language Structures:
Bribri linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Idioma Bribri Los Bri-Bris de Talamanca:
Information about Bribri language and culture in Spanish.
Encyclopedia article on the Bribri language.
Bribri Indian books.
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