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.
- 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.
The Cariban family of languages.
- 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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