Arabela (Tapweyokwaka)

Arabela is a member of the Zaparoan language family and is spoken by about 50 people in two villages along the Napo tributary of the Arabela river in Peru. It is also known as Chiripuno or Chiripunu, and is closely related to other Zaparoan languages such as Záparo, Andoa and Conambo, all of which are severely endangered.

The language has official status in the areas where it's spoken, and most Arabela speakers also speak Quechua or Spanish. There is no literature in Arabela, though there are some textbooks as it is used in school to some extent.

Arabela pronunciation

Arabela pronunciation

Sample text in Arabela

Pámeere ííñújiri meíjcyame tsá múhójísí pañé ícubáhrádú meíjcyáítyuróne. Pámeere tsahdúré imí meíjcyame mewájyújcatsíñe mépíáábójcatsíiyá tsaatéké éhdííválletúmé éhne múu mépañétúéné nahbémuma meíjcyadu.

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)

Tower of Babel in Arabela

Links

Information about Arabela
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabela_language
http://www.native-languages.org/arabela_guide.htm
http://www.proel.org/index.php?pagina=mundo/amerindia/andinoec/saparoan/arabela

Zaparoan languages

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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