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.

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