Aymara, Central


A language of Bolivia


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


La Paz, Oruro, and Potosí departments, west of eastern Andes.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Chilean Aymara is very similar to La Paz, Bolivia dialect. A member of macrolanguage Aymara [aym].

Language Use

In spite of large user population considered potentially endangered due to lack of intergenerational transmission of the language (Crevels 2007). All ages. Used as L2 by Chipaya [cap], North Bolivian Quechua [qul].

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 [Latn].

Other Comments

Some migration to valleys and lowlands. Traditional religion, Christian.

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