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Ofayé language

Native toBrazil
RegionMato Grosso do Sul
Ethnicity60 Ofayé people (2006)[1]
Native speakers
2 (2005)[1]
  • Ofayé
Language codes
ISO 639-3opy
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The Ofayé or Opaye language, also Ofaié-Xavante, Opaié-Shavante, forms its own branch of the Macro-Jê languages. It is spoken by only a couple of the small Ofayé people, though language revitalization efforts are underway.


Front Central Back
Close i ĩ
Close-mid e ẽ o õ
Mid ə
Open-mid ɛ
Open a ã


Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Labio-velar Glottal
Stop voiceless t k ʔ
voiced d g
Affricate voiceless t͡ʃ
voiced d͡ʒ
Fricative ʃ h
Nasal n
Approximant j w
Flap ɾ


  1. ^ a b Ofayé at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ofayé". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SAPhon – South American Phonological Inventories". Retrieved 2018-08-12.