Gamela language

Native toMaranhão, Brazil
RegionNortheastern Brazil
Extinct(date missing)
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Gamela (Gamella) AKA Curinsi or Acobu, is an unclassified and presumably extinct language of the Maranhão region of Northeastern Brazil.

Kaufman (1994) said that 'only Greenberg dares to classify this language', due to the lack of data on it.

This is presumably the Gamela language of Viana for which 19 words are recorded in Nimendajú (1937:64).[1]


  1. ^ a b Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Gamela of Viana". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


  • Kaufman, Terrence (1994). "The native languages of South America". In Mosley, C.; Asher, R. E. (eds.). Atlas of the world's languages. London: Routledge. pp. 46–76.

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