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The multilingual Vaupés River Basin (spanning adjacent areas of Brazil and Colombia) lies within the Upper Rio Negro Basin. This now well-established linguistic area is particularly fascinating. Its major feature is an obligatory societal multilingualism which follows the principle of linguistic exogamy: ‘those who speak the same language with us are our brothers, and we do not marry our sisters’. Marrying someone who belongs to the same language group is considered akin to incest and referred to as ‘this is what dogs do’. – Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., 2013, A story of love and debt: the give and the take of linguistic fieldwork, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 14:2

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