Kashinawa

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Cashinahua, Caxinawa, Caxinawá, Kashinahua, Kaxinawá, Kaxynawa
Population

750 in Peru (Crevels 2007). Population total all countries: 1,150. Ethnic population: 1,000 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Ucayali Region, Curanja and Purus rivers.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

None known. Possibly most similar to Sharanahua [mcd].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives after noun heads; question word initial; 7 prefixes, 3 suffixes; ergative; lexical tone.

Language Use

All children acquire the language and learn to read and write in bilingual schools (Crevels 2007). All ages. 5%–10% have routine proficiency in Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%–30%. Dictionary. NT: 1980–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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