The name Caliban, he argues, is a deformation of an Arawak or Cariban
word that the Spaniards translated as canibal, meaning anthropophagi for the Europeans.
The ancestors also gave the Garifuna their characteristic music, which incorporates both African and Native American drum rhythms and song patterns, and an expressive language made up of Arawakan and Cariban
(the original languages of the Caribs) and Yoruba, a West African language.
More the pity that she did not apply this to the Cariban
family so that we could avoid ambiguous and/or rather incorrect phrases such as "the Carib-speaking Makushi." The factual errors or oversights reflect Aikhenvald's lesser familiarity with the northern Amazonian area, specifically the Guianan and Circum-Caribbean areas.
of Hawaii) and Grondona (Eastern Michigan U.) have brought together 11 contributions pertaining to the history, classification, and endangerment of the indigenous languages of South America as well as typological characteristics, phonetics and phonology, and some specifics of Chibchan languages, the Cariban
family, Tupian, Quechuan and Aymaran, and languages of the Chaco and southern cone.
The last forty years have seen a plethora of ethnographic, anthropological, and linguistic publications on various groups that belong to the Cariban
language family, one of the largest language families in South America.
This article explores the contrastive function of demonstratives in two languages, Tiriyo (Cariban
, northern Brazil) and Lavukaleve (Papuan isolate, Solomon Islands).
Carlin's In the Shadow of the Tiger: The Amerindians of Suriname, with excellent photos by Diederik van Goethem (Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, 2009, paper 29.50 [euro]), is a scholarly introduction, informed by serious fieldwork, to the present Amerindian inhabitants of Suriname, eight different groups who speak languages of either the Cariban
or Arawakan families.