Kogi language

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Native to Colombia
Region Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Ethnicity Kogi
Native speakers
9,900 (2004)[1]
nearly all monolingual
  • Arwako–Chimila
    • Arwako
      • Kogi
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kog
Glottolog cogu1240[2]

Kogi (Cogui), or Kagaba (Cágaba), is a Chibchan language of Colombia. The Kogi people are almost entirely monolingual, and maintain the only unconquered Andean civilization.


Front Central Back
Close i ĩ ɨ ɨ̃ u ũ
Close-mid e ẽ o
Mid ə
Open a ã


Bilabial Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
plain germinated plain germinated plain germinated
Stop voiceless p t t: k k: ʔ
voiced b b: d d: g g:
Fricative voiceless s ʃ x h
voiced z ʒ
Nasal m n ŋ
Approximant j


  1. ^ Kogi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Cogui". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SAPhon – South American Phonological Inventories". linguistics.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-10.

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