Aguaruna

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Aguajún, Ahuajún, Awajún, Awajunt
Population

38,300 (2000 SIL), increasing. 0 monolinguals. Almost none.

Location

Amazonas, Loreto, Cajamarca, and San Martin regions; upper west Marañon river area; Potro, Mayo, and Cahuapanas rivers.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Huambisa [hub] and Achuar-Shiwiar [acu].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also used by Spanish and Quechuas in the area. All domains. Oral and written use in commerce. Letters. All ages. 30,000 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 60%–100%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Primary education begins in Aguaruna. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1973–2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.