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Machiguenga Indian Language (Matsiguenga)

Machiguenga is an Arawakan language of South America. It is closely related to Ashaninka, and some people consider it to be a dialect of Ashaninka. A third Arawakan language, Nomatsiguenga, is considered by some to be a dialect of Machiguenga, and by others a distinct language. Machiguenga and Nomatsiguenga are each spoken by around 6000 people in Peru today. Machiguenga is polysynthetic and has VSO word order.

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Our Online Machiguenga Materials

Machiguenga Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Machiguenga language, with comparison to words in other Arawakan languages.
Machiguenga Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Machiguenga language.

Machiguenga Language Resources

Machiguenga Indian Language * Machiguenga Orthography * Machiguenga Phonology * Machiguenga Text:
    Machiguenga Bible Translation * Machiguenga Bibliography:
    Scanned-in Machiguenga language materials from the Rosetta Project.
AILLA: Matsigenka:
    Archive of Matsigenka language recordings available for download.
House of Languages: Machiguenga:
    Information about Matsigenga language usage.
Matsigenga, Nomatsigenga, y Caquinte
     Information on the Machiguenga language, including a piece of a legend written in Machiguenga. Page in Spanish.
Machiguenga Language:
     Demographic information on Machiguenga dialects from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Machiguenga Language Tree:
    Theories about Machiguenga's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Machiguenga Language Structures:
    Machiguenga linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.

Machiguenga Culture and History Links

The Machiguenga: Peruvian Hunter-Gatherers * Machiguenga: An Ethnobotanical Study of Eastern Peru
     Information about the native plants and food traditions of the Machiguenga people.

Books for sale on the Machiguengas

Literacy Acquisition, Retention, And Usage Among The Machiguengas
     Sociolinguistics book for sale online about bilingual education in the Machiguenga tribe.
Families of the Forest: The Matsigenka Indians of the Peruvian Amazon
     Ethnography of the Matsiguengas.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Los Machiguenga * El Pueblo Machiguenga:
  Information about the Machiguenga tribe in Spanish.



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