Chachi

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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
“Cayapa” (pej.), Cha’ Palaachi, Cha’palaa, Cha’palaachi
Population

9,500 (2004).

Location

North coastal jungle, Esmeraldas Province, Cayapas river and tributaries (Onzole, Canandé, Sucio, Cojimíes, and others).

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Elders and preschool-aged children are mostly monolingual (2007). Women, older adults, and those living in the isolated headwaters of the river are less bilingual in Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 2008.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Ethnonym: Chachi (sg.), Chachilla (pl.). Traditional religion, Christian.