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.
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.
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
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