Definition of Cariban in English:

Cariban

Line breaks: Car|ib¦an
Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪb(ə)n
 
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adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a family of South American languages scattered widely throughout Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela, and Colombia. With the exception of Carib, they are all extinct or have few speakers.
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    • Rouse suggests that Arawakan and Cariban are more useful designations for these linguistic stocks.
    • They don't seem to be either Arawakan or Cariban, and they don't seem to be related to Warao either.
    • The latter had two aboriginal stocks, Arawakan and Cariban, which are also found in South America.

noun

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  • The Cariban family of languages.
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    • In the aboriginal period the Cariban languages were important in the West Indies, Brazil, Peru, the Guianas, Venezuela, and Colombia.
    • By comparing negation in kari'ña with that of other languages of the same family, it is clear that it works in a very similar way in the different Cariban languages.
    • Spanish is the official language, but more than 30 Amerindian languages still survive, predominantly belonging to the Arawak, Cariban and Chibcha ethnolinguistic categories.

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