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Omurano language

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Omurano language

Native to Peru
Ethnicity Maina
Native speakers
a few speakers or rememberers  (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 omu
Glottolog omur1241[2]

Omurano is an unclassified language from Peru. It is also known as Humurana, Roamaina, Numurana, Umurano, and Mayna. The language was presumed to have become extinct by 1958,[3] but in 2011 a rememberer was found who knew some 20 words in Omurano; he claimed that there were still people who could speak it.

Tovar (1961) linked Omurano to Taushiro (and later Taushiro with Kandoshi); Kaufman (1994) finds the links reasonable, and in 2007 he classified Omurano and Taushiro (but not Kandoshi) as Saparo–Yawan languages.

Maynas, once mistaken for a synonym, is a separate language.

See also

Maina Indians


  1. ^ O'Hagan, Zachary J. (22 September 2011). "Informe de campo del idioma omurano". Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Omurano". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Omurano language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)

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