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Mataco–Guaicuru languages

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Mataco–Guaicuru or Macro-Waikurúan is a hypothetical language family consisting of the Guaicuruan, Matacoan, and sometimes Mascoian and Charruan families. These are spoken in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia.

South America
Linguistic classificationProposed language family
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Genetic relationsEdit

Jorge Suárez linked Guaicuruan and Charruan in a Waikuru-Charrúa stock. Morris Swadesh proposed a Macro-Mapuche stock that included Matacoan, Guaicuruan, Charruan, and Mascoyan.[dubious ] Terrence Kaufman (1990, 1994) said this proposal, which he called Macro-Waikurúan, deserved to be explored, but Campbell (1997) said that for the present it should not be accepted as anything more than a possibility, and by Campbell & Grondona (2012) he no longer bothers to evaluate it.


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  • Kaufman, Terrence. (1994). The native languages of South America. In C. Mosley & R. E. Asher (Eds.), Atlas of the world's languages (pp. 46–76). London: Routledge.