Nome preferencial: Tinigua
Explicação: Most widely used name in the literature and also their endonym
Auto-denominação: Tinigua (According to Nubiar Tobar Ortiz [2000:669], *tinigua* is the name of the ethnic group and the language and *tini* would mean 'old' and *-gua* is a nominal classifier suffix with the meaning 'sound', hence *tinigua* could be 'the sound of the old people', 'the word of the old people' and/or 'the language of the old people'. According to Tobar Ortiz, her proposal differs from Castellví's, for whom *-gua* is a suffix meaning *like*).
Nomes e grafias alternativos: Tiniwa
Filiação genética: Often called a language isolate (e.g. Fabre 1998:104, Adelaar with Muysken 2004:162), Tinigua is in fact the only remaining member of a small language family sometimes referred to as Tiniguan (e.g. Kaufman 1990:40, 1994:56, 2007:65; Campell 2012:106).
População: 1 (although there are no members included in the results of the 2005 Colombian census, we know of the existence of Sixto Muñoz [see below]. There are also descendants of Sixto but they do not self-identify as Tinigua)
Falantes: 1
Situação sociolingüística: By the early 1990s, Sixto Muñoz and Criterio [a.k.a. Quiterio] Muñoz were the last remaining speakers of the language and the last to identify as Tiniguas (see Valdés Arcila 1996; Franco 1989; Tobar Ortiz 1995, 2000). Since then, Criterio has passed and Sixto Muñoz is now the only remaining speaker of Tinigua.
Localização: Sierra de la Macarena (Meta Department, Colombia)
Fonte(s) de informação: Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada (January, 2017)
Código ISO 639-3: tit
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