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 pronunciation

Akurio pronunciation

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

Note: this chart shows the phonemes used in Akurio, with my guesses, based on the sample text below, as to how they are represented in writing. I do not what the accents in the sample text indicate.

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Sample text

Yiriba na bà sikindo dare bà mɛɛri, da seena yirimma mii bà ta da i nɛki bà tɔɔba.


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)


Information about the Akurio language

Cariban languages

Akurio, Bakairi, Carib, Carijona, Hixkaryána, Ikpeng, Japreria, Macushi, Panare, Pemon, Tiriyó, Wayana, Yukpa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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