Lecture 6 Language Diversity in the Americas

Lecture 6 Language Diversity in the Americas - Where is...

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Unformatted text preview: Where is Warao spoken? A language of Venezuela Population 28,100 in Venezuela (2007). Ethnic population: 36,129. Region Orinoco River Delta, Delta Amacuro, Sucre, Monagas. Also in Guyana, Suriname. Alternate names: Guarao, Guarauno, Warrau Classification Language isolate Language use All ages. Source: Ethnologue Some of the other less familiar languages Language Where spoken # speakers Rama Nicaragua 24 Bella Coola Canada 20 Guguu Yimidhirr (Guguyumidjir) Australia 740 Mokilese Micronesia (and the US) 1050 Chaha Ethiopia 130,000 Tzotzil Mexico Some of the other less familiar languages Language Where spoken # speakers Rama Nicaragua 24 Bella Coola Canada 20 Guguu Yimidhirr (Guguyumidjir) Australia 740 Mokilese Micronesia (and the US) 1050 Chaha Ethiopia 130,000 Tzotzil Mexico 25,000 Countries with more than 200 living languages Papua New Guinea 830 languages Indonesia 719 Nigeria 514 India 438 China 292 Mexico 291 Cameroon 278 DR Congo 215 Following closely: Brazil (181), USA (162), Philippines (169), Australia (161)* *Australia has 235 *known* languages, out of which 161 are *living* languages (74 languages have no known speakers) Non-indigenous languages. Non-indigenous languages are categorized as such if they are spoken by relatively recently arrived or transient populations which do not have a well-established, multi-generational community in the country. Languages of the Americas Colonial Languages Colonial languages are those that arrived in the New World via colonization from other parts of the world before the US and other contemporary nations of the continent were formed. Lets talk first about the first languages and nations of the Americas A BIG MYTH: The Indigenous peoples of the Americas all spoke/speak the same language Reality: ethnologue report ~ 930 (though estimates have ranged from 400...
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