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Awa-Cuaiquer

A language of Colombia

ISO 639-3kwi

Population  20,000 in Colombia (1986 SIL). Population total all countries: 22,000.
Region  Pacific slopes of Andes, Nariño, from Ecuador border north, near Barbacoas. Also in Ecuador.
Language map  Southern Colombia
Alternate names   Awa, Awa Pit, Coaiquer, Cuaiquer, Kwaiker, Quaiquer
Dialects  Distantly related to Chachi [cbi] and Colorado [cof].
Classification  Barbacoan, Pasto
Language use  Most men also use Spanish.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Grammar. NT: 2002.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SOV. Swidden agriculturalists.

Also spoken in:

Ecuador

Language name   Awa-Cuaiquer
Population  2,000 in Ecuador (2007), decreasing. 1,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,000 in Ecuador (2000).
Region  Extreme north, on the western slopes of the Andes, Colombia-Ecuador border, Esmeraldes Carchi and Imbabura provinces.
Language map  Ecuador, reference number 2
Alternate names  Cuaiquer
Language use  Home, religion. All ages. Negative language attitude. Also use Spanish.
Comments  Call themselves both Awa and Înkal Awa both in Ecuador and Colombia.