Aymara, Central


A language of Bolivia


2,098,000 in Bolivia (2006 PIB). Population total all countries: 2,589,000.


Whole Altiplano west of eastern Andes. Some migration to valleys and lowlands. Also in Argentina, Chile, Peru.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Chilean Aymara is very similar to La Paz, Bolivia dialect.

Language Use

In spite of large user population considered potentially endangered due to lack of intergenerational transmission of the language (2007). All ages.

Language Development
Churches active in literacy. Government schools open to use of Aymara literature. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1987–2012.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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