Ka'apor language

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Native toBrazil
Ethnicity990 Kaapor (2006)[1]
Native speakers
800 (2006)[1]
Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3urb

Kaapor (Ka’apor, Kaaporté), also known as "Urubú," "Caapor" or Urubú-Kaapor, is a Tupi–Guarani language spoken as a primary language only by the Ka'apor people of French Guiana and Brazil. The language is spoken as a second language by member non-Ka'apor ethnic groups, including Tembé. [3][4]

The language is historically most closely related to the Wayãpi language, however the two languages are currently mutually unintelligible.

There is a high incidence of congenital deafness among the Kaapor people, most of whom grow up bilingual in Urubu-Kaapor Sign Language, which may be indigenous to them.


  1. ^ a b Kaapor at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Urubú-Kaapor". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Ka'apor - Indigenous Peoples in Brazil". pib.socioambiental.org. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  4. ^ "Kaapor". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  • Lopes, Mario Alexandre Garcia (2009). Aspectos Gramaticais da Língua KA'APOR [Grammatical Aspects of the KA'APOR Language] (PhD thesis) (in Portuguese). Federal University of Minas Gerais. hdl:1843/ALDR-7R5QDU.