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A language of Costa Rica

ISO 639-3bzd

Population  11,000 (2002). Ethnic population: 12,172 (2000).
Region  South, Limón Province, Canton of Talamanca, along Lari, Telire, Uren rivers; Puntarenas Province, Canton of Buenos Aires.
Language map  Costa Rica
Alternate names   Talamanca
Dialects  Salitre-Cabagra, Amubre-Katsi, Coroma. Most similar to, but unintelligible with Cabécar [cjp], Maleku Jaika [gut], and Teribe [tfr]. At least 3 major dialects which are inherently mutually intelligible.
Classification  Chibchan, Talamanca
Language use  Home. All ages. Also use Spanish.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 2%–3%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% read halting Spanish. Bible portions: 1905–1994.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SOV.