Cabecar Indian Language (Chirripo)
Language: Cabecar is a Chibchan language
of Central America, spoken by 4000 people in Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages,
Cabecar is a tone language
with SOV word order.
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Names: The name Cabecar comes from a tribal name, Kabekada. The people also refer to themselves as
Ditsä Si (meaning "the real people,") and to their language as Sektu ("our language.")
Important Cabecar subgroups include the Chirripo,
Ujarrás, and the
There are many alternate spellings of these names, such as Cabécar, Kabekar, Cabecara, Ditsa Si, Ditsasi, Chirripó, Chiripo,
Tucurric, and Ujarras.
Cabecar language samples and resources.
Cabecar Culture and History
Information and links about the Cabecar tribe past and present.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Cabecar language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Cabecar Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Cabecar words.
Cabecar Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in Cabecar.
Cabecar Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Cabecar.
Worksheet showing how to count in Cabecar.
Worksheet showing color words in the Cabecar language.
Spanish-Cabecar dictionary for sale.
The Chibchan Languages:
Book on the Chibchan language family including Cabecar.
American Indian Books:
Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.
Cabecar Language Resources
Indigenous Languages in Costa Rica: Costa Rican Language Map:
Maps showing where the Cabecar language was spoken in the past and today.
Cabécar Language Overview:
Introduction to the Cabecar language from a missionary group, including audio files and gospel translations.
Profile of the Cabecar language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
La Lengua Kabekar:
Information on the Cabecar language, including a linguistic map of Central America. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Cabecar
Information about Cabecar language usage.
Demographic information on Cabecar from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Cabecar Language Tree:
Theories about Cabecar's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Cabécar Language Structures:
Cabecar linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Information about the Cabecar/Chirripo language in Spanish, including a phonological inventory.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Cabecar:
Bibliography of Cabecar language resources.
Encyclopedia article on the Cabecar language.
Diccionario cabecar-español La lengua Cabecar Idioma Cabecar:
Information about the Cabecar language in Spanish.
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