Tacana language

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tacana
Native toBolivia
RegionLa Paz Department (Bolivia)
Ethnicity5,100 (2004)[1]
Native speakers
1,800 (2004)[1]
Tacanan
  • Araona–Tacanan
    • Cavinena–Tacana
      • Tacana Proper
        • Tacana
Language codes
ISO 639-3tna
Glottologtaca1256[2]

Tacana is a Western Tacanan language spoken by some 1,800 Tacana people in Bolivia out of an ethnic population of 5,000. They live in the forest along the Beni and Madre de Dios rivers in the north of La Paz Department. Numerous dialects, now extinct, have been attributed to Tacana: Ayaychuna, Babayana, Chiliuvo, Chivamona, Idiama (Ixiama), Pamaino, Pasaramona, Saparuna, Siliama, Tumupasa (Maracani, "Tupamasa"), Uchupiamona, Yabaypura, and Yubamona (Mason 1950).

Phonology[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Labial Dental/
Alveolar
Post-
alveolar
Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d
Affricate t͡s t͡ʃ
Fricative voiceless s ʃ h
voiced β ð
Nasal m n
Rhotic ɾ r
Approximant w j

Vowels[edit]

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e
Open a

[3]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tacana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tacana". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Lazarte, Manuel L.; Van Wynen, Donald & Mabel (1962). Fonemas tacana y modelos de acentuación. Cochabamba: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano.