Waurá language

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Native to Brazil
Region Mato Grosso
Ethnicity Wauja
Native speakers
320 (2006) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wau
qdv Waura–Mehináku
Glottolog waur1244 [2]

Waurá (Wauja) is an Arawakan language spoken in Brazil by the Waujá people. It is "partially intelligible" with Mehináku. The entire population speaks the language. [1]

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  1. 1 2 Waurá at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Waurá". Glottolog 3.0 . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.