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 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.