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Cora (Corapan)

Cora is a Uto-Aztecan language of central Mexico. Two dialects of the language, Cora de El Nayar and Cora de Santa Teresa, are so different from each other that they are considered separate languages by some linguists. Taken together, the Cora languages are spoken by about 16,000 people, including a community of a few hundred Mexican immigrants in western Colorado.

Cora Language Resources

Cora Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Cora language, with comparison to words in other Uto-Aztecan languages.
Cora Numbers:
    Learn how to count in the Cora language.
Cora (Chora, Chota)
     Overview of the Cora language including pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Cora
     Encyclopedia article about the Cora language, including a phonological inventory and references.
Cora Prayer
     The Lord's Prayer in Cora, with English translation.
Mexican Language Map
     Map showing the location of indigenous language speakers in Mexico, including Cora.
El Nayar Cora * Santa Teresa Cora
     Demographic information about the two Cora dialects from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Kora Language Tree:
    Theories about Cora's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Cora Language Structures:
    Cora linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Books For Sale On The Coras

In a Village Far from Home: My Years Among the Cora Indians of the Sierra Madre
     Autobiography of a nurse who lived among the Cora people, for sale online.
The Cora Indians of Baja California
     English translation of an 18th-century book on the Cora tribe.
Opossum and the Great Firemaker:
    Picture books based on a Cora legend about Opossum bringing fire to the people.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Cora:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Cora Indians.
  Lengua Cora * Idioma Cora * Los Coras de Nayarit * Indios Coras:
  Information about the Coras and their language in Spanish.



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