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Quichua, Salasaca Highland

A language of Ecuador

ISO 639-3qxl

Population  14,300 (2000).
Region  South and east of Ambato in Tungurahua Province. Spoken in 17 towns in the Salasaca area, not counting other varieties of Quichua. Varieties spoken in Cotopaxi and the rest of Tungurahua, large towns around Ambato, are not called Salasaca. See Chimborazo Highland Quichua [qug].
Language map  Ecuador, reference number 15
Alternate names   Salasaca Quichua, Tungurahua Highland Quichua, Tungurahua Quichua
Classification  Quechuan, Quechua II, B
A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que] (Peru).
Language use  Home, community, agriculture, religion. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Spanish.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Bible portions: 1987–2007.
Comments  Lexically distinct from Chimborazo [qug], Imbabura [qvi], and Calderón [qud]. There is a growing population in the Galapagos Islands. SOV. Traditional religion, Christian.