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Carib
A language of Venezuela

Population
7,251 in Venezuela (2000 WCD). Population total all countries: 10,226.
Region Monagas and Anzoategui states, northeast near Orinoco River mouth, plus a few communities in Bolivar State, just south of Orinoco. Also spoken in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname.
Alternate Names Caribe, Cariña, Kalihna, Kalinya, Galibi
Dialects
Tabajari.
Classification Carib, Northern, Galibi
Language use Quite well integrated into Venezuelan culture, though they do speak their own language among themselves. Older adults and very young are monolingual.
Language development Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2003.
Also spoken in:

Brazil
Language name Carib

Population

100 in Brazil (1995 SIL).
Region State of Amapá.
Alternate names Caribe, Cariña, Kalihna, Kalinya, Galibí, Maraworno, Marworno
Dialects Tyrewuju (Eastern Carib).
Comments Called 'Galibi' in Brazil. Portuguese-Carib creole people (Galibí do Uaça) also speak Crioulo (French Creole).

French Guiana
Language name Carib
Population 1,200 in French Guiana.
Region Coastal areas.
Alternate names Caribe, Cariña, Kalihna, Kalinya, Galibi
Dialects Tyrewuju (Eastern Carib).

Guyana
Language name Carib
Population 475 in Guyana (1991). Ethnic population: 3,000 in Guyana (2000 J. Forte).
Region West coast and northwest.
Alternate names Caribe, Cariña, Kalihna, Kalinya, Galibi
Dialects Murato (Myrato, Western Carib).
Comments The ethnic group in Guyana represents 6% of the Amerindians.

Suriname
Language name Carib
Population 1,200 in Suriname (2001 Carlin). Ethnic population: 3,000.
Region Various locations along the north coast. The eastern dialect in Suriname is primarily in the Albina area and in French Guiana, Brazil, and Venezuela; the western dialect is in the central and western areas of Suriname and in Guyana.
Alternate names Caribe, Cariña, Kalihna, Kalinya, Kali'na, Galibí, Maraworno
Dialects Murato (Myrato, Western Carib), Tyrewuju (Eastern Carib).
Language use All ages in some areas. The eastern dialect is the prestige dialect in Suriname. Speakers of the central dialect are reported to be bilingual and shifting to Sranan. They also speak Dutch as second language.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 50%.
Comments Their own name for the language is 'Kari'na auran', 'Kari'na' for the people. The name in Dutch is 'Kara'ibs', in French 'Galibi', in Spanish 'Caribe', in English 'Carib'.
 
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