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Tupian languages

LC control no.sh2001010410
Topical headingTupian languages
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Variant(s)Tupi languages (Language family)
See alsoIndians of South America--Languages
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South America--Languages
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Scope noteHere are entered works on the large South American language family that includes Tupi, Guarani, and related languages. Works on the language group that includes the Tupi language (Nheengatu) and its closely-related languages and dialects, such as Tupinamba and Potiguara, are entered under Tupi languages.
Subject example tracingNote under Tupi languages
Found inBritannica Macro.: v. 22, p. 775 (under South American Indian languages: "Great anarchy reigns in the names of languages and language families ... In general ... language names ending in -an indicate a family or grouping larger than an individual language") p. 777 (Tupian)
Britannica Micro. (Tupi-Guarani languages, one of the most widespread groups of South American Indian languages ... Some scholars classify Tupi-Guarani with a number of other less important groups in a Tupian grouping)
Ethnologue, 2000: v. 2, pp. 722-723 (Tupi, used at two levels of classification)
Ruhlen, M. Guide to the world's lang., 1987: p. 373 (Tupi, used at two levels of classification)