Akurio (Akuriyó)

Akurio is a Cariban language spoken by 10 people (in 2002) 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.

Akurio alphabet and pronunciation

Akurio alphabet and pronunciation

Source: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~saphon/en/inv/Akurio.html

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Sample text

Munete ikëikapa tesemekiempa
Ikëikapa tasameke ikëkapa papa
Ikëikapa pïiyaimë ana-papa
Irame-pa ikëikapa kutu ah


Angry from the scorpion, go away, I spit you away
Dad, go away, angry, I spit you, go away, I say, father
Evil, go away, I call the pajai who is his father
I am tired, great evil, I say

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Source: van Kempen, Michiel. Een geschiedenis van de Surinaamse literatuur. Deel 2.( (2002)


Information about the Akurio language

Cariban languages

Akawaio, Akurio, Bakairi, Carib, Carijona, Hixkaryána, Ikpeng, Japreria, Macushi, Panare, Pemon, Tiriyó, Wayana, Ye’kuana, Yukpa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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