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Bribri Language (Talamanca, Bri-Bri)

Language: Bribri is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by 10,000 people in Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages, Bribri is a tone language with SOV word order.

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Names: Bribri is a tribal name, deriving from a word for "mountainous" in their own language. The Bribri language is also referred to as Su Uhtuk, which means "our language." The Bribris have also been referred to by their non-native neighbors as Viceita or Talamanca. Important Bribri subgroups include the Salitre, the Cabagra, the Coroma, the Katsi, and the Amubre. The three primary dialects of Bribri are known by linguists as Salitre-Cabagra, Coroma, and Katsi-Amubre after the Bribri groups that use each of them. Alternate spellings of these names have included Bri-bri, Bribriwak, Bribri-wak, Suuhtuk, Viceyta, and Catsi.

Bribri Language
Bribri language samples and resources.

Bribri Culture and History
Information and links about the Bribri tribe past and present.

Bribri Legends
Introduction to the mythology of the Bribris.

Bribri Language Resources

Our Online Bribri Materials

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

Books for Sale on the Bribri Language
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The Languages of the Andes:
    Linguistic information about Bribri and dozens of other Central and South American languages.
The Chibchan Languages:
    Book on the Chibchan language family including Bribri.

Bribri Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Bribri Grammar:
    Scanned-in Bribri language materials from the Rosetta Project.
    Information on the Bribri language, including a piece of a legend written in Bribri. Page in Spanish.
Lengua Bribri:
    Online phonology and grammar of the Bribri language. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Bribri
     Information about Bribri language usage.
AILLA: Bribri:
    Archive of Bribri language recordings available for download.
Bribri Language:
    Demographic information on Bribri from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bribri Language Tree:
    Theories about Bribri's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Bribri Language Structures:
    Bribri linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Idioma Bribri * Los Bri-Bris de Talamanca:
Information about Bribri language and culture in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Bribri:
Encyclopedia article on the Bribri language.
Bribri Resources:
Bribri links.
Bribri Tribe:
Bribri Indian books.

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