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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

Peru Linguistic Map * Tribes and Languages of Peru:
    Maps showing the areas in South America where Machiguenga is spoken.
Machiguenga Indian Language * Machiguenga Orthography * Machiguenga Phonology * Machiguenga Text:
    Machiguenga Bible Translation * Machiguenga Bibliography:
    Scanned-in Machiguenga language materials from the Rosetta Project.
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.
    Translations of the Lord's Prayer into the Machiguenga language.

Books for sale on the Machiguengas
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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.
Comparative Arawakan Histories:
    Interesting book about the history and culture of the Arawak speaking tribes.

Machiguenga Culture and History

The Machiguenga Tribe:
    Illustrated article on the culture and traditions of the Machiguenga Indian tribe.
The Machiguenga: Peruvian Hunter-Gatherers * Machiguenga: An Ethnobotanical Study of Eastern Peru
     Information about the native plants and food traditions of the Machiguenga people.
Machiguenga Tribe:
    Information on Machiguenga history and culture.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

El Pueblo Machiguenga * Cultura Matsigenka: * Lengua Matsigenka: * Machiguenga Tribu de la Amazónia:
Information about the Machiguenga tribe in Spanish.

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