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Akurio (Akuriyó)

Akurio is a Cariban language spoken by about 10 in the southeast of Suriname. First outisde contact with the Akurio tribe, who currently number about 50, was made by a Dutch expedition exploring the border between Suriname and Brazil in 1937. THe Akurio live in the villages of Tëpu, Kwamalasamutu and Palumeu and along the Tapanahoni and Sipaliwini rivers. Only a small number of tribal elders speak Akurio, and the majority of tribe speak Tiriyó, a related language.

Akurio is an oral language that is rarely written. When it is written, a version of the Latin alphabet devised by missionaries is used.

Sample text

Yiriba na bà sikindo dare bà mɛɛri, da seena yirimma mii bà ta da i nɛki bà tɔɔba.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)


Information about the Akurio language

Cariban languages

Akurio, Hixkaryána, Tiriyó

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet