[sab] Bocas Province; small group in Chiriquí Province. 18,000 (2012 SIL). Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Bobota, Bocota, Bofota, Bogota, Bokota, Bukueta, Murire, Nortenyo, Veraguas Sabanero Dialects: Bokotá, Sabanero. Classification: Chibchan, Chibchan A, Guaymiíc Comments: Those in Chiriquí live among the Guaymí, with whom they are often confused (Adelaar 2007).
[emp] East, in Panama and Darién provinces; lowland jungle along rivers. Also in Colombia. 22,500 in Panama (2012 SIL). Population total all countries: 72,200. Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Atrato, Chocó, Cholo, Darien, Darien Emberá, Dariena, Ebera Bedea, Eerã, Empera, Panama Embera Dialects: Related languages in order of closeness: Emberá-Catíoc[cto], Emberá-Baudó [bdc], Emberá-Tadó [tdc], Epena [sja], Emberá-Chamí [cmi], and Wounmeu [noa]. Panama and Colombia dialects are inherently intelligible. Northern Embera of the Upper Baudó area and downriver Emberá-Baudó are inherently intelligible. Classification: Chocoan, Emberá, Northern Emberá Comments: Traditional religion, Christian.
Kuna, San Blas
[cuk] San Blas islands and on the mainland. 57,100 (2000). 10,000 in Panama City, Colón, and on banana plantations (1991 SIL). Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Cuna, San Blas Cuna Dialects: Bayano (Alto Bayano, Maje), Chuana. Classification: Chibchan, Chibchan B, Eastern Chibchan, Cuna Comments: Christian.
[gym] Northeast Chiriqui, Bocas del Toro, west Veraguas, western provinces. Also in Costa Rica. 169,000 in Panama (2000 census). Population total all countries: 174,100. Status: 5 (Developing). Alternate Names: Chiriqui, Guaymí, Ngobere, Valiente Dialects: Eastern Guaymí (Chiriquí, Tolé), Valiente. Classification: Chibchan, Chibchan A, Guaymiíc Comments: Ethnic autonym: Ngäbe.
Panamanian Creole English
[jam] Bocas del Toro, Colón, and Rio Abajo in Panama City. 268,000 in Panama (2000). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Southwestern Caribbean Creole English Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, Western Comments: Ancestors came from Barbados and Jamaica in mid-19th century to work in fruit plantations, and later to build the railway and canal. Influences from both eastern and western Caribbean Creole English.
Panamanian Sign Language
[lsp] Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Lengua de señas panameñas Classification: Deaf sign language Comments: Deaf people in the Chiriqui province of Panama assert that their sign variety, Lengua de Señas de Chiriquí (LSCH, Chiriqui Sign Language), is distinct from Panamanian Sign Language as used predominantly in the Panama-Colon corridor. They are currently working on creating their own sign language dictionary.
San Miguel Creole French
[spa] Widespread. 3,200,000 in Panama (2011). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1972, Constitution, Article 7). Alternate Names: Castellano, Español Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Castilian