Yine is a Southern Arawakan language spoken by about 4,000 Amuesha people in eastern and southern Peru, particularly in the departments of Ucayali and Cusco. There may also be speakers of Yine, or closely related languages, in the Brazilian state of Acre and in northern Bolivia. It belongs to the Piro group of Southern Arawakan languages and is the main language within that group.

Yine is also known as Contaquiro, Pira, Piro, Pirro, Simiranch, or Simirinche. It is written with the Latin alphabet and is taught alongside Spanish in some schools. There are several spelling systems for Yine: the standard orthography is shown below.

Yine alphabet and pronunciation

Yine alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Wane chinna, “Wa gagjigognetinipa, wane nchinanu: Wuru, gipashichgiwakatkalurupyi. Runanutka Pixa pogirewatyawaka.
  2. Penekanwu xawakni wnikanrupa tyegogne chinanupa.
  3. Pkaspukinwu wmukochire, wixa pixka wkaspukyana pejnuruneko wriwishkatjene. Gi wa yantaletikowakako putakanwu.”

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/652/LUK.11.PIB

Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

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Arawakan languages

Achagua, Apurinã, Arawak, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Baniwa, Baniwa of Guainía, Baure, Caquinte, Chamicuro, Curripaco, Garifuna, Iñapari, Machiguenga, Nanti, Nomatsiguenga, Palikúr, Paraujuano, Paresi, Pauna, Piapoco, Taíno, Tariana, Terêna, Wapishana, Wayuu, Yanesha', Yine, Yucuna

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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