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Kanamarí language

Native to Brazil
Region Amazonas
Native speakers
1,300  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
knm – Kanamari
kav – Katukina
Glottolog katu1275[2]

Kanamarí, or Katukina-Kanamari, is a Katukinian language spoken by about 650 individuals in Amazonas, Brazil. It is considered endangered.

The two principal varieties, Kanamari (Canamarí) and Katukina (Catuquina), are mutually intelligible, and have both been confused with neighboring languages with the same or similar names.[3]

Synonyms and dialect names include Tshom-djapa, Tsohon-djapa, Wiri-dyapá, Pidá-dyapá, Kutiá-dyapá (Kadiu-diapa, Cutiadapa), Tucun-diapa, Bendiapa, Parawa.


  1. ^ Kanamari at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Katukina at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kanamarí". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Harald Hammarström (2013) Review of the Ethnologue, 16th Ed.
  • Queixalós, Francesc 2010. Grammatical relations in Katukina-Kanamari. In: Gildea, Spike and Francesc Queixalós (eds.), Ergativity in Amazonia . 2010. v, 319 pp. (pp. 235–284)
  • Queixalós, Francesc 2012. The Katukina-Kanamari antipassive. In: Gilles Authier and Katharina Haude (eds). Ergativity, Valency and Voice. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. (pp. 227–258)

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