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Piapoco (Wenewika)

Piapoco is a Northern Arawakan language spoken in eastern Colombia and in southwestern Venezuela. In Colombia it is spoken along the Vichada and Guaviare rivers in the departments of Guainía and Vichada. In Venezuela it is spoken along the Orinoco river in the San Fernando de Atapapo area of Amazonas state. In 2007 there were about 4,930 Piapoco speakers in Colombia, and there were about 1,750 speakers in Venezuela in 2012.

Piapoco is also known as Cháse, Tsáçe, Amarizado, Dzaze, Enegua, Kuipaco, Piapoko, Piapoko Dejá or Yapoco.

Piapoco alphabet and pronunciation

Piapoco alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

c is pronounced [k] between a, o and u, and [s] before e and i

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Sample text in Piapoco

23. Jesús ipáchiaca yèepunícawa macái Galilea yàasu cáli íinatabàa. Macái yàcalé irìcu nacái yéewáida yèepunícawa judíonái yéewáidacàalu irìcu. Yá icàlidaca nalí yái tàacáisi cayábéerica náalíacaténáwa càinácaalí iyú Dios icùaca yàasu wenàiwicawa. Yúucaca náicha nacái macái uláicái íiwitáaná.

24. Macái Siria yàasu cáli néeséeyéi néemìaca Jesús iináwaná, yá natéca néenánáiwa Jesús yàatalé, macái yùuwichèeyéicawa uláicái iyú, cáiwíiri iyú nacái. Natéca nacái wenàiwica demonio idacuèyéica íiwitáise, naté nacái áibanái idènièyéica tèwacáimi nacái, máapinéeyéi nacái. Yá Jesús ichùnìaca nía macáita.

Translation

23. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
(Matthew 4, 23-24)

Source: PIONT El Nuevo Testamento de nuestro Señor Jesucrito en el idioma piapoco

Sample video in and about Piapoco

Links

Information about Piapoco
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piapoco_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_piapoco
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piapoco
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/pio
http://www.native-languages.org/piapoco.htm
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/2955

Arawakan languages

Achagua, Apurinã, Arawak, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Baniwa, Caquinte, Chamicuro, Curripaco, Garifuna, Machiguenga, Nanti, Nomatsiguenga, Paraujuano, Pauna, Piapoco, Taíno-Borikenaíki, Tariana, Wayuu, Yanesha', Yucuna

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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