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Bogota Language (Bogotá, Bocota)

Language: Bogota is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by 1000 people in Panama. Like most Chibchan languages, Bogota is a tone language with SOV word order. Many linguists consider Bogota and Buglere to be dialects of a single language, but according to the people themselves, speakers of the two languages cannot understand each other.

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Names: Bogota is their own name for themselves. Alternate spellings of this name have included Bogotá, Bocota, Bocotá, Bocotas, Bokota, Bokotá, Bokotas, Bobota, Bobotá, Bobotas, Bofota, Bofotá, Boncota, Bonkota, Bukueta, and Bukweta. Another historical Chibchan tribe of Panama, the Muoi or Muoy, has sometimes been grouped with the Bogota.

Our Online Bogota Materials

Bogota Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Bogota language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Bogota Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Bogota words.
Bogota Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in Bogota.
Bogota Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Bogota.
Bogota Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Bogota language.

Bogota Language Resources

House of Languages: Bocotá
     Information about Bogotá language usage.
La Lengua Bokota:
    Information on the Bogota and Buglere languages. Page in Spanish.
Un alfabeto para el Bocotá de Chiriquí:
    Paper on Bogota and Buglere orthography. Page in Spanish.
AILLA: Bocota:
    Archive of Bogota language recordings available for download.
    Demographic information on Bogota from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bocotá Language Tree:
    Theories about Bogota's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bogota Language Structures:
    Linguistic profile and academic bibliography for Buglere and Bogota.

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The Languages of the Andes:
    Linguistic information about Bogota and dozens of other Central and South American languages.
The Chibchan Languages:
    Book on the Chibchan language family including Bogota.

Bogota Culture and History

Bugle and Bogota Culture:
    Articles on the history and traditions of the Bogotas.
Bogota Folklore:
    Myths and legends of the Bogotá Indians.
Panama Indigenous People:
    History of the Bokata tribe and other Panama Indians.
Panama Indians:
    Online ethnography of the Bokota and other Panama tribes.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Bokota:
Encyclopedia article on the Bogotá Indians and their language.
Los Indios Bokotas y Bugleres * Panamá y su gente * Indígenas Panameños:
Information about the Bogota people and other tribes of Panama in Spanish.

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