Emberá-Catío

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Catio, Embena, Eyabida, Katio
Population

15,000 in Colombia (1992 SIL). Population total all countries: 15,040. 13,500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: Total Emberá in Colombia: 71,000 (Arango Ochoa and Sánchez Gutierrez 1998).

Location

Antioquia, Cordoba, and Choco departments; upper Sinu, San Jorge, San Pedro, and Murri rivers.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Grammar. Bible portions: 1975–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Catio is sometimes used for other Chocoan groups.

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