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Arawak

A language of Suriname

ISO 639-3arw

Population  700 in Suriname (1980 census), decreasing. Population total all countries: 2,450. Ethnic population: 2,051 in Suriname (1980 census).
Region  North Suriname, scattered. Also in French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela.
Language map  French Guiana and Suriname
Alternate names   Arowak, Lokono
Classification  Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran, Caribbean
Language use  Realize their language is in danger. Older adults only.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1850–1978.
Writing system  Latin script.

Also spoken in:

French Guiana

Language name   Arawak
Population  150 in French Guiana. Ethnic population: 350.
Region  Coastal areas.
Language map  French Guiana and Suriname
Alternate names  Lokono
Language use  Older adults.
 

Guyana

Language name   Arawak
Population  1,500 in Guyana (2000 J. Forte). The ethnic group represents 33% of the Amerindians in Guyana. Ethnic population: 15,500 in Guyana.
Region  West coast and northeast along the Corantyne River.
Language map  Guyana
Alternate names  Arowak, Lokono
Language use  Older adults.
 

Venezuela

Language name   Arawak
Population  100 in Venezuela (2002 SIL). Ethnic population: 428.
Region  Coastal area near Guyana, Delta Amacuro.
Language map  Venezuela, reference number 2
Alternate names  Arowak, Lokono
Language use  Most also use Spanish or English.
Comments  Came to Venezuela from Guyana.