Pemon is a Cariban language spoken mainly in Canaima National Park in Bolivar State in southeastern Venezuela. It is also spoken in Roraima State of northern Brazil, and in Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region of northern Guyana. In 2012 there were 23,100 speakers of Pemon in Venezuela and 500 speakers in Brazil. There were about 480 Pemon speakers in Guyana.

There are several dialects of Pemon, including Arecuna, Camaracota and Taurepan. It is closely related Macushi and Kapon.

During the 20th century ways to write Pemon were devised by Catholic missionaries, particularly Armellada and Gutiérrez Salazar.

Pemon alphabet and pronunciation

Pemon alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Pemon (Excel)

Sample videos in Pemon

Information about Pemon | Numbers


Information about Pemon

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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