Chiriba language

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Native toBolivia
RegionMoxos Province
Extinct(date missing)
  • Mainline Panoan
    • Nawa
      • Bolivian
        • Chiriba
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Chiriba (Chiriva) is a poorly attested language of Moxos Province, Bolivia which may have belonged to the Panoan family. All that was recorded of it was a list of seven words; several of these resemble Panoan languages, especially Pakawara, and none resemble other language families. Unattested Chumana is reported to have been related.[2]


Chíriva word list from the late 1790s published in Palau and Saiz (1989):[3]:170

Spanish gloss English gloss Chíriva
bueno good sheoma
malo bad besoma
el padre father reomo
la madre mother yllquite
el hermano brother ycoyo
uno one tevisí
dos two jorová

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chiriva". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ David Fleck, 2013, Panoan Languages and Linguistics, Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History #99
  3. ^ Palau, Mercedes and Blanca Saiz. 1989. Moxos: Descripciones exactas e historia fiel de los indios, animales y plantas de la provincia de Moxos en el virreinato del Perú por Lázaro de Ribera, 1786-1794. Madrid: El Viso.