Wayuu

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Goajiro, Guajira, Guajiro, Uáira, Waiu, Wayu, Wayúu, Wayuunaiki
Population

122,000 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Population total all countries: 321,000. Ethnic population: 144,000 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Guajira peninsula, Caribbean coast. Also in Venezuela.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Typology

VSO

Language Use

One of the most vigorously spoken indigenous languages in South America (Crevels 2007). Positive attitudes. Many, especially younger generations, understand and speak Spanish [spa] fluently (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Dictionary. NT: 2002.
Writing
Latin script.

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