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SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2007-022

A report on three Arauan speech varieties (Jamamadi, Jarawara, and Banawá) of the Amazon

Authors  Anonby, Sandy
Anonby, Stan
Abstract 

This report looks at three closely related speech varieties spoken in southern Amazonas state in Brazil: Jamamadi [jaa] (population 250), Jarawara [jap] (population 165), and Banawá [bnh] (population 80). Generally, their level of involvement in the Brazilian economy and society is quite low. Many are literate in their own indigenous language, but few speak, let alone read and write, Portuguese. Of the three, the Jarawara speak Portuguese the best.

One of the goals of this survey was to see if Jarawara and Banawá could benefit from additional Jamamadi literature. The results seemed to indicate that the Jarawara could do so more readily than the Banawá.

  A report on three Arauan speech varieties (Jamamadi, Jarawara, and Banawá) of the Amazon
Published  2007
Language  Jamamadí [jaa]
Country  Brazil
Subjects  Dialect intelligibility testing
Language surveys
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  Language surveys; Dialect intelligibility testing