Bribri

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A language of Costa Rica

Alternate Names
Talamanca
Population

11,000 (2002). Ethnic population: 12,200 (2000).

Location

South, Limón Province, Talamanca canton, along Lari, Telire, and Uren rivers; Puntarenas Province, Buenos Aires canton.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Amubre-Katsi, Coroma, Salitre-Cabagra. Most similar to, but unintelligible with Cabécar [cjp], Maleku Jaika [gut], and Teribe [tfr].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa] but language not seriously endangered.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 2%–3%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% read halting Spanish. NT: 2007–2010.
Writing
Latin script.