Teribe language

Térraba, Tiribi, Teribe, Norteño, Quequexque, Naso
Native to Panama, Costa Rica
Region In Panama:
Bocas del Toro Province, Chiriquí Province.
In Costa Rica:
Limón Province, Puntarenas Province.
Ethnicity Naso people
Native speakers
3,300 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tfr
Glottolog teri1250[2]

Teribe is a language spoken by the Naso or Teribe Indians; it is used primarily in the Bocas del Toro Province of northwestern Panama and in the southern part of Costa Rica's Puntarenas Province, but is almost extinct in the latter. It is part of the Chibchan language family, in the Talamanca branch. There are currently about 3,000 speakers, nearly all of whom speak Spanish as well. The language is of the OVS type. Its ISO 639-3 code is tfr.


  1. Teribe at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Teribe". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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