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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Tsachila, Tsafiki, Tsafiqui
Population

2,300 (2000 SIL), increasing. Some monolingual in remote communities. Ethnic population: 2,300 (2000 SIL).

Location

Southeastern Pinchincha Province, along Chihuepe, Baba, Tahuazo and Poste rivers.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lexically similar to Chachi [cbi] and Awa-Cuaiquer [kwi], but major differences between the languages in phonology, syntax and grammatical structure (2011 W. Largo).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Almost all also use Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Spanish. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2012.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Tsachi (sg.), tsachila (pl.). Traditional religion, Christian.