Otomákoan languages Redirected from Otomacoan languages

Venezuelan Llanos
Linguistic classificationMacro-Otomakoan ?
  • Otomakoan

Otomaco and Taparita are two long-extinct languages of the Venezuelan Llanos.[2][3]

In addition to Otomaco and Taparita, Loukotka (1968) also lists Maiba (Amaygua), an unattested extinct language that was once spoken in Apure State, Venezuela between the Cunaviche River and Capanaparo River.[4]


Loukotka (1968) lists the following basic vocabulary items for Otomac and Taparita.[4]

gloss Otomac Taparita
one engá enda
two deñiaro
three yakia deni
head dapad dupea
eye inbad indó
tooth miʔi mina
man andua mayná
water ya ia
fire núa muita
sun nua mingua
maize onona
jaguar maéma
house augua ñaña

Additional vocabulary for Otomaco and Taparita are documented in Rosenblat (1936).[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Otomaco-Taparita". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Campbell, Lyle (2012). "Classification of the indigenous languages of South America". In Grondona, Verónica; Campbell, Lyle (eds.). The Indigenous Languages of South America. The World of Linguistics. 2. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 59–166. ISBN 9783110255133.
  3. ^ a b Rosenblat, Angel. 1936. Los Otomacos y Taparitas de los llanos de Venezuela. Estudio etnográfico y lingüístico. Tierra Firme 1. 227-377.
  4. ^ a b Loukotka, Čestmír (1968). Classification of South American Indian languages. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center.

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