- Language: Wayana
- Alternate names: Oayana, Wajana, Uaiana, Oyana, Oiana, Alukuyana, Upurui, Roucouyenne
- Language code: way
- Language family: Cariban, Guianan, Wayanaic
- Number of speakers: 747
- Vulnerability: Threatened [Read more...]
- Script: Latin script
Wayana is spoken by a Carib-speaking people located in the south-eastern part of the Guiana highlands, a region divided between Brazil, Surinam, and French Guiana. In 1980, when the last census took place, the Wayana numbered some 1,500 individuals. About half of them still spoke their original language.
Sample verb: e-si 'to be'
|Present||Immediate Past||Distant Past|
|Sg.2||manai, man 1||meha||mehaken|
|Pl.1-2||nai emna||neha emna||kunehak emna|
|Pl.3||man, nai tot||neha tot||kunehak tot|
- man is used only in questions.