Languages

Wayana

Fact corner

  • Language: Wayana
  • Alternate names: Oayana, Wajana, Uaiana, Oyana, Oiana, Alukuyana, Upurui, Roucouyenne
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:way
  • Language family: Carib, Northern, East-West Guiana, Wayana-Trio
  • Number of speakers: 747
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Wayana is spoken by a Carib-speaking people located in the south-eastern part of the Guiana highlands, a region divided between Brazil, Surinam, and French Guiana. In 1980, when the last census took place, the Wayana numbered some 1,500 individuals. About half of them still spoke their original language.

The verb

Sample verb: e-si 'to be'

Present Immediate Past Distant Past
Sg.1 wai weha wehaken
Sg.2 manai, man 1 meha mehaken
Sg.3 man, nai neha kunehak
1-2 kutai heha hehaken
Pl.1 kutatëi hehatëo hehatëken
Pl.1-2 nai emna neha emna kunehak emna
Pl.2 manatëi mehatëo mehatëken
Pl.3 man, nai tot neha tot kunehak tot

Notes:

  1. man is used only in questions.
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