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Emberá-Catío

A language of Colombia

ISO 639-3cto

Population  15,000 in Colombia (1992 SIL). 90%–95% monolingual. Population total all countries: 15,040. Ethnic population: Total Embera in Colombia: 71,000 (Arango and Sánchez 1998).
Region  Upper Sinu, San Jorge, San Pedro, Murri rivers. Also in Panama.
Language map  Northern Colombia
Alternate names   Catio, Embena, Eyabida, Katio
Classification  Choco, Embera, Northern
Language use  A few also use Spanish.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Bible portions: 1975–1987.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  ‘Catio’ is sometimes used for other Choco groups.

Also spoken in:

Panama

Language name   Emberá-Catío
Population  40 in Panama (1982 SIL).
Language map  Panama
Alternate names  Catío, Embena, Epera, Katio