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Machiguenga Indian Language (Matsiguenga)

Machiguenga is an Arawakan language of South America. There are two major dialects of the Machiguenga language, usually known as Machiguenga and Nomatsigenga. Some linguists treat them as separate languages, but speakers of the two can understand each other without much difficulty. A third language, Caquinte (or Poyenisati), is somewhat more divergent than the other two and usually treated as a distinct language. Taken together, Machiguenga and Nomatsigenga are spoken by more than 12,000 people in Peru.

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Our Online Machiguenga Materials

Machiguenga Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Machiguenga and Nomatsiguenga dialects, 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.
Nomatsiguenga Language * Nomatsiguenga Orthography * Nomatsiguenga Linguistic Description * Nomatsiguenga Grammar:
    Nomatsiguenga Pronunciation * Nomatsiguenga Language Map: * Nomatsiguenga Numbers * Nomatsiguenga Syntax:
    Scanned-in Nomatsiguenga language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Human Rights: Nomatsiguenga:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Nomatsiguenga language.
House of Languages: Machiguenga * Nomachiguenga:
    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 * Nomatsiguenga Language:
     Demographic information on Machiguenga dialects from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Machiguenga Language Tree * Nomatsiguenga Language Tree:
    Theories about Machiguenga's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Machiguenga Language Structures * Nomatsiguenga 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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