Hixkaryana is a language spoken by a few hundred members of a tribe of Carib
indians who live along the Nhamundá River
, a tributary of the Amazon
in the Brazilian rainforest
. Hixkaryana's big claim to fame is that it is one of the only languages known to humanity that uses object-verb-subject (OVS
) word order
in constructing sentences. For example:
toto yahosIye kamara
man grabbed jaguar
"The jaguar grabbed the man."
This unique characteristic has earned Hixkaryana a disproportionate amount of attention from linguists considering the extremely limited extent of its distribution.