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Arhuaco

A language of Colombia

ISO 639-3arh

Population  14,800 (2001). 90% monolingual. Ethnic population: 14,301.
Region  Southern slopes of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Language map  Northern Colombia
Alternate names   Aruaco, Bintucua, Bintuk, Bíntukua, Ica, Ijca, Ijka, Ika, Ike
Classification  Chibchan, Aruak
Language use  All ages. A few also use Spanish.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Grammar.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  The people use ‘Ika’. Strong traditional culture. SOV.