Mapoyo-Yabarana language

Native to Venezuela
Region Suapure River
Ethnicity 520 Mapoyo & Yabarana (2007)[1]
Extinct Last speaker of Pemono after 1998. A few semi-speakers of Mapoyo proper (2007), 20 Yabarana (1977)[1]
  • Venezuelan Carib
    • Mapoyo–Tamanaku
      • Mapoyo
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
mcg  Mapoyo
yar  Yabarana
pev  Pémono
Glottolog mapo1245[2]

Mapoyo, or Mapoyo–Yavarana, is a Carib language spoken along the Suapure and Parguaza Rivers, Venezuela. The ethnic population of Mapoyo proper is about 365. Yabarana dialect is perhaps extinct; 20 speakers were known in 1977.[1] An additional dialect, Pémono,[3] was discovered in 1998. It was spoken by an 80-year-old woman and has since gone extinct.


  1. 1 2 3 Mapoyo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Yabarana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Pémono at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mapoyo–Yawarana". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Not the same as Pemon

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