Parkatêjê dialect

  (Redirected from Parkatêjê language)
Pará Gavião
Native toBrazil
Native speakers
12[1]:10 (2020)
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Parkatêjê, or Pará Gavião, is a Timbira variety of the language family of Brazil. It is spoken by 12[1]:10 individuals in Terra Indígena Mãe Maria (Bom Jesus do Tocantins, Pará). It is closely related to Kỳikatêjê, spoken by another Timbira group in the same reservation. Parkatêjê has been described and documented by Leopoldina Araújo[2][3] and, more recently, by other researchers from the Federal University of Pará.

Parkatêjê (and Kỳikatêjê) differ from all other Timbira varieties in lacking a contrast between /k/ and /kʰ/. Moreover, the glottal stop /ʔ/ in Parkatêjê may not occupy the coda position of a syllable, which Ribeiro-Silva (2020) attributes to loss of Proto-Timbira in codas in Parkatêjê.[4]


  1. ^ a b Nikulin, Andrey (2020). Proto-Macro-Jê: um estudo reconstrutivo (PDF) (Ph.D. dissertation). Brasília: Universidade de Brasília.
  2. ^ Araújo, Leopoldina M. S. de (1989). Aspectos da língua gavião-jê (Ph.D. dissertation). Rio de Janeiro: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.
  3. ^ Araújo, Leopoldina (2016). Dicionário Parkatêjê–Português. Belém. ISBN 978-85-910871-0-5.
  4. ^ Ribeiro-Silva, Nandra (2020). Reconstrução fonológica do Proto-Timbira (Ph.D. dissertation). Belém: Universidade Federal do Pará.

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