The Siona language

sioni, piojés, pioche-sioni, zeona, kokakañu, quenquejoyo, paikoka

siona, katucho-pai, ganteyabain, ganteya, ceona, zeona, kokakanú

ISO 639-3

Alternate Names
Ceona, Ganteya, Ganteyabain, Kanú, Koka, Pioche-Sioni, Pioje, Sioni, Zeona

200 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Ethnic population: 730 (2001 Guía Etnográfica de Colombia). Total users in all countries: 500.

Putumayo department: El Tablero and Resguardo Buenavista, between Poñuna Blanca and Poñuna Negra on Putumayo river and tributaries.

Language Maps 

Language Status
7 (Shifting).

Tucanoan, Western Tucanoan, Macaguaje

None known. Ethnically different from the Secoya [sey], but they use the same language, Paicoca (2011 W. Largo). Lexical similarity: 95% with Secoya [sey] (2007 W. Largo).


Language Use
Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1982–2009. 

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments
Those in Ecuador consider themselves Colombians. Distinct from Secoya (Siona-Secoya) [sey].

OLAC resources in and about the Siona language
The Intercontinental Dictionary Series (IDS) is a database where lexical material across the languages of the world is organized in such a way that comparisons can be made. Historical and comparative studies and theoretical linguistic research can be based on this documentation. The IDS was conceived of by Mary Ritchie Key (University of California, Irvine) in the 1980s as a long-term cooperative project that will go on for the next generation or so and will involve linguists all over the world. It is aimed towards international understanding and cooperation. This is a pioneering effort that will have global impact. The purpose also contributes to preserving information on the little-known and "non-prestigious" languages of the world, many of which are becoming extinct.
Aspectos fonologicos de la lenguas Tucano-orientales

Clause-typing and evidentiality in Ecuadorian Siona

El secoya del Putumayo aportes fonológicos para el estudio de las lenguas Tucano Occidental

Folclor Indigena de Colombia

Gantëya bain (El pueblo siona del río Putumayo, Colombia) 1

Gantëya bain (El pueblo siona del río Putumayo, Colombia) 2

Grammar of the Siona language, Colombia, South America


Studies in Ecuadorian Indian Languages

Understanding Ecuadorian Siona Verb Classes