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Mura languages

The Mura language family is a language family of Brazil. The only surviving Mura language is Pirahã, with about 150 speakers.

Linguistically, the Mura family is typified by agglutinativity, by paucity of phonemes (Pirahã has just 11 compared to English's 40-odd), and by grammatical tone.

The Mura language is the eponymous member of this language family; however, most Mura languages have died[?] due to the usage of Portuguese in Brazil, mainly because they were spoken by so few people anyway: the Pirahã language is now spoken by just 150 people in eight villages.



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