Huitotoan Languages

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Huitotoan Languages

 

(also Witotoan), the language family of the Huitoto Indians. According to the classification of the Spanish linguist A. Tovar, there are three or four branches: Huitoto proper (the Ocaina, Kaime, Xúra, Séueni, Eraye, and Jayruya languages) and the languages of the Mekka subgroup (Yaboyano, Menekka, Meresiene, Bue, and Fitita); the Airuya language; the Nonuya, or Anyonofa, language; and perhaps the Orejone-Coeruna language group, which some scholars attribute to the Miranya (Miranna) family. Descriptions of most of the Huitotoan languages are very scanty or nonexistent.

REFERENCES

Marcelino C. de Castellvi, P. J. “La microfamilia lingüistica Witoto y sus relaciones con la familia Sabeia y otras indoamericanas.” In Indian Tribes of Aboriginal America: Selected Papers of the XXIXth International Congress of Americanists. Chicago, 1952.
Tovar, A. Catálogo de las lenguas de América del Sur. Buenos Aires, 1961.
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