Yanesha’

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Amage, Amagues, Amaje, Amajo, Amoishe, Amueixa, Amuese, Amuesha, Amuetamo, Lorenzo, Omage
Population

9,830 (2000). Ethnic population: 10,000 (2000 W. Adelaar).

Location

Central and east Pasco Region; Junin Region, western jungle, headwaters of Pachitea and Perené rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Language Use

There is a bilingual education program but in some areas (Lower Palcazú) children no longer acquire the language (Crevels 2007). Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1978–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Yanesha.