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Buglere Indian Language (Buglé)

Language: Buglere is a Chibchan language of Central America, spoken by 1000 people in Panama and Costa Rica. Like most Chibchan languages, Buglere is a tone language with SOV word order. Many linguists consider Buglere and Bogota to be dialects of a single language, but according to the people themselves, speakers of the two languages cannot understand each other. In Panama, the Buglé and their kinfolk the Ngöbe (or Guaymi) have joined into a single Ngobe-Bugle tribe.

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Names: Buglere, also spelled Buglé or Bugle, is their own name for themselves.
The people have also been known as Sabanero, Veraguas, Sabanero-Guaymí, Guaymies Sabaneros, Savanero, Bocotá de Chiriquí, Murire, Muriré, Norteño, or Nortenyo. Another historical Chibchan tribe of Panama, the Muoy or Muoi, has sometimes been grouped with the Buglere.

Buglere Language

Buglere language samples and resources.

Buglere Culture and History

Information and links about the Buglere tribe past and present.

Buglere Language Resources

Our Online Buglere Materials

Buglere Words:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Buglere language, with comparison to words in other Chibchan languages.
Buglere Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Buglere words.
Buglere Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Buglere language.
Buglere Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in the Bugle language.

Buglere Language Resources

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.
    Demographic information on Buglere from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Bocotá Language Tree:
    Theories about the language relationships of Buglere and Bocota, compiled by Linguist List.
Bugle Language Structures:
    Buglere linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

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The Languages of the Andes:
    Linguistic information about Buglere and dozens of other Central and South American languages.
The Chibchan Languages:
    Book on the Chibchan language family including Buglere.
Panama: Three Weeks with the Native Tribes:
    Photoessay on the lives of the Buglé and other native people of Panama.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Buglere Language:
Encyclopedia articles on the Buglé language.
Los Bugle, Ngöbe, y Teribe del Parque Marino de Bastimentos * Los Indios Bokotas y Bugleres:
Information about the Buglé and their language in Spanish.

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