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The content of this page was developed from the research of
Ms. Nancy Morse, Dr. Gary Simons, and Dr. Paul Frank.


Sáliba, also known as Sáliva, is a Salivan language spoken in Eastern Colombia on the border of Venezuela. According to a 1993 census, there are approximately 1,555 speakers of the language remaining. However, the younger generation is generally not learning the language, which puts the Sáliba language in a precarious position.

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Sáliba Family Tree


Sáliba is an SOV language with noun classes and nominal classifiers. The language has a rich morphological system. In some cases, the realization of a verbal morpheme depends upon the form of the stem.

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Sáliba has a limited voicing distinction, and boasts six places of articulation for plosives. There are also two rhotics, and nasal counterparts for each of the five places of articulation for vowels.

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  1. Get Started: Summary of the Sáliba conversion
  2. Digitize Audio: Digitizing Audio page (Classroom)
  3. Digitize Images: Digitizing Images page (Classroom)
  4. Digitize Text: XML page (Classroom)
  5. Create Metadata: Metadata page (Classroom)
  6. Web Presentation: Stylesheets page (Classroom)

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