FANDOM


Mataco-Guaicuru
Basic information
Countries

Flag of Argentina Argentina
Flag of Bolivia Bolivia
Flag of Brazil Brazil
Flag of Paraguay Paraguay

Number of speakers

100,000[1]

Language family
Language codes

Mataco-Guaicuru or Macro-Waikurúan is a proposed language phylum consisting of the Guaicuruan, Matacoan[2], and sometimes the Mascoian and Charruan language families. The languages are spoken in the South American countries, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.[1][3]

Language geneticsEdit

Mataco-Guaicuru Languages

Language distribution.

There is no convincing demonstration that the Mataco-Guaicuru languages are related to any of the indigenous languages of the Americas. Viegas Barros, however, has discovered a number of similarities between the pronomial system of these languages and those of the Macro-Je languages. Previously, Joseph Greenberg had suggested the possible existence of a genetic relationship between the Mataco-Guaicuru and Pano-Tacana languages, but this proposal is generally not accepted.[1]

PhonologyEdit

This table compares the personal pronouns of languages in the Guaicuruan and Matacoan language families.[1]

Guaicuruan Matacoan
Kadiweu Toba Abipón Mocoví Wichí
1st person
singular
èé hayem aym aym olam
2nd person
singular
akáme ʔam akami akami am
3rd person
singular
iddoatte -mari iñi (m.)
añi (f.)
ini (m.)
ani (f.)
lam
1st person
plural
okó qomi akam okom olamel
2nd person
plural
okami qami akamii akami amel
3rd person
plural
iddá -mari hiniha (m.)
añija (f.)
inisó (m.)
anisó (f.)
lamel

ReferencesEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.