Chipaya

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A language of Bolivia

Alternate Names
Puquina
Population

1,200 (1995), increasing. 60 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,800.

Location

Oruro Department, Atahuallpa province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. May be Arawakan or distantly related to Mayan (Olson 1964).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Religious services. Positive attitudes. Also use Central Aymara [ayr], Spanish [spa]. Primary L2 is shifting from Central Aymara [ayr] to Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. 400 children in school. Have a high school. NT: 1978–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.