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.

Sample text

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

Translation

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)

Links

Information about the Akurio language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akurio_language
http://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingua_akurio
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/ako/
http://www.native-languages.org/akuriyo.htm

Cariban languages

Akurio, Hixkaryána, Tiriyó

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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