Nanti language

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Native to Perú
Native speakers
250 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cox
Glottolog nant1250[2]

Pucapucari, or Nanti,[3] is an Arawakan language spoken by approximately 250 people in southeastern Peruvian Amazonia, principally in a number of small communities located near the headwaters of the Camisea and Timpía Rivers. It belongs to the Kampan branch of the Arawak family, and is most closely related to Matsigenka, with which it is partially mutually intelligible.,[4][5]

The language is also sometimes called Kogapakori (variants: Cogapacori, Kugapakori), a pejorative term of Matsigenka origin meaning 'violent person'.[6]


  1. ^ Pucapucari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nanti". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Love Eriksen, 2011, Nature and Culture in Prehistoric Amazonia
  4. ^ Michael, Lev. 2008. Nanti evidential practice: Language, Knowledge, and Social Action in an Amazonian society. PhD dissertation, University of Texas at Austin.
  5. ^ Lewis, M. Paul, Gary F. Simons, and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2013. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Seventeenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:
  6. ^ Michael, Lev and Christine Beier. 2007. Una breve historia del pueblo Nanti hasta el año 2004. Online version:



  • Crowhurst, Megan and Lev Michael. 2005. Iterative footing and prominence-driven stress in Nanti (Kampa). Language 81(1):47-95.
  • Michael, Lev. 2012. Nanti self-quotation: Implications for the pragmatics of reported speech and evidentiality. Pragmatics and Society 3(2):321-357.
  • Michael, Lev. 2012. Possession in Nanti. In Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (eds.), Possession and Ownership: A cross-linguistic typology, pp. 149–166 . Oxford University Press.
  • Michael, Lev. 2005. El estatus sintáctico de los marcadores de persona en el idioma Nanti (Campa, Arawak). Lengua y Sociedad. 7(2):21-32.
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