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Guambiano Indian Language (Misak, Namdrik, Wam)
Guambiano is a member of the Barbacoan language family,
spoken by about 25,000 people in southwestern Colombia.
Guambiano is a case-marking language with SOV word order.
Names: Guambiano is the Spanish name for the tribe, derived from the indigenous place name Guambia.
Most of the people use this name to refer to themselves today, but others prefer to call themselves Namoy Misak (meaning "our people")
or just Misak ("the people.") The phrase Wampi Misamera, meaning "native people of Guambia" is sometimes used instead of Guambiano,
and they call their language Namrrik. They have sometimes also been known as Moguex (the name for their tribe in the neighboring Paez language,)
Cauca (after a river that runs through their territory,) or Silvianos (after the Spanish place name Silvia.)
Alternate spellings of these names include Guambiana, Wambiana, Wambiano, Wambia, Wampia, Wambi, Wam, Wampimisamera, Guambino,
Guanbiano, Huamimehab; Misag; Namdrik, Namtrik, Nam Trik; Mogués, Mogés. Moguez. Mogues, Moges, Mogües, and the Rio Cauca Indians.
Guambiano language samples and resources.
Guambiano Culture and History
Information and links about the Guambiano tribe past and present.
Our Guambiano Language Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Guambiano language.
Guambiano Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Indigenous Northern Colombia:
Map showing the areas in South America where Guambiano is spoken.
Linguistic chart of phonemes in the Guambiano language.
Guambiano Language Guambiano Orthography Guambiano Phonology:
Scanned-in documents about the Guambiano language from the Rosetta Project. Articles are in Spanish.
Overview of the Guambiano language including a phonological inventory. Page in Spanish.
Profile of the Guambiano language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
House of Languages: Guambiano:
Information about Guambiano language usage.
Guambino Language Tree:
Theories about Guambiano's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Guambiano Language Structures:
Guambiano linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Tower of Babel in Guambiano: Guambiano Bible: Words of Life: Guambiano Prayers:
Translations of Bible passages and Christian prayers into the Guambiano language.
Archive of linguistics papers on Guambiano, in English and Spanish.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Guambiano:
Bibliography of Guambiano language resources.
Reference list of Guambiano language materials.
Wikipedia: Guambiano: World Languages: Guambiano:
Encyclopedia articles on the Guambiano language.
La Lengua Wambiano-Mogés Lenguas Indigenas: Guambiano Palabras en el idioma Guambiano
Los Guambianos de Colombia Cultura Misak Tribu Guambiano Grupo indigena guambiano:
Information about the Guambiano tribe and their language in Spanish.
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